Definitions for vermiculitevərˈmɪk yəˌlaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ver•mic•u•litevərˈmɪk yəˌlaɪt(n.)

  1. any of a group of platy minerals, hydrous silicates of aluminum, magnesium, and iron, that expand markedly on being heated: used for insulation and as a plant growth medium.

    Category: Mineralogy

Origin of vermiculite:

1815–25, Amer.; vermicul (ar ) + -ite1

Wiktionary

  1. vermiculite(Noun)

    A hydrated silicate mineral which expands on heating; it is used in insulation and as a medium for planting

  2. Origin: vermiculus, wormlet for its fibrous nature and tendency to expand into worm-like shapes when heated

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vermiculite(noun)

    a group of minerals having, a micaceous structure. They are hydrous silicates, derived generally from the alteration of some kind of mica. So called because the scales, when heated, open out into wormlike forms

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  1. Vermiculite

    Vermiculite is a hydrous, silicate mineral that is classified as a phyllosilicate and that expands greatly when heated. Exfoliation occurs when the mineral is heated sufficiently, and the effect is routinely produced in commercial furnaces. Vermiculite is formed by weathering or hydrothermal alteration of biotite or phlogopite. Large commercial vermiculite mines currently exist in Russia, South Africa, China, and Brazil.

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