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vermiculite

[ver-mik-yuh-lahyt] /vərˈmɪk yəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
any of a group of platy minerals, hydrous silicates of aluminum, magnesium, and iron, that expand markedly on being heated: used in the expanded state for heat insulation and as a plant growth medium.
Origin of vermiculite
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism; vermicul(ar) + -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for vermiculite

vermiculite

/vɜːˈmɪkjʊˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
any of a group of micaceous minerals consisting mainly of hydrated silicate of magnesium, aluminium, and iron: on heating they expand and exfoliate and in this form are used in heat and sound insulation, fireproofing, and as a bedding medium for young plants
Word Origin
C19: from vermicul(ar) + -ite1
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Word Origin and History for vermiculite
n.

1814, from Latin vermiculari (from vermiculus, diminutive of vermis; see worm) + -ite.

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