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sylvite

[sil-vahyt] /ˈsɪl vaɪt/
noun
1.
a common mineral, potassium chloride, KCl, colorless to milky-white or red, occurring in crystals, usually cubes, and masses with cubic cleavage, bitter in taste: the most important source of potassium.
Also, sylvin, sylvine
[sil-vin] /ˈsɪl vɪn/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of sylvite
1965-1970
1965-70; < Latin (sal digestīvus) Sylvi(ī) digestive salt of Sylvius (see Sylvian fissure) + -ite1; replacing sylvine < French
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sylvite

/ˈsɪlvaɪt/
noun
1.
a soluble colourless, white, or coloured mineral consisting of potassium chloride in cubic crystalline form with sodium impurities: it occurs chiefly in sedimentary beds and is an important ore of potassium. Formula: KCl
Word Origin
C19: sylvite, alteration of sylvine, from New Latin sal digestiva Sylvii digestive salt of Sylvius, after Franciscus Sylvius (died 1672), German anatomist. See -ite1, -ine²
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