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Definitions for diatomaceous earth
daɪˈæt əˌmaɪtdi·atoma·ceous earth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diatomaceous earth, diatomite, kieselguhrnoun

    a light soil consisting of siliceous diatom remains and often used as a filtering material

GCIDE

  1. diatomaceous earth

    a deposit of fine, usually white, siliceous material, composed mainly of the shells of the microscopic plants called diatoms; also called infusorial earth, kieselguhr, and diatomite. It is used in polishing powder, and in the manufacture of dynamite.

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  1. diatomaceous earthnoun

    A light soil consisting of siliceous diatom remains and often used as a filtering material or microabrasive.

Wikipedia

  1. Diatomaceous earth

    Diatomaceous earth ( DY-ə-tə-MAY-shəs), diatomite ( dy-AT-ə-myte) or kieselgur/kieselguhr is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that can be crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It has a particle size ranging from more than 3 μm to less than 1 mm, but typically 10 to 200 μm. Depending on the granularity, this powder can have an abrasive feel, similar to pumice powder, and has a low density as a result of its high porosity. The typical chemical composition of oven-dried diatomaceous earth is 80–90% silica, with 2–4% alumina (attributed mostly to clay minerals), and 0.5–2% iron oxide.Diatomaceous earth consists of the fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled microalgae. It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive in products including metal polishes and toothpaste, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in coagulation studies, a stabilizing component of dynamite, a thermal insulator, and a soil for potted plants and trees as in the art of bonsai.

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  1. diatomaceous earth

    Diatomaceous earth is a type of soft sedimentary rock that is crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It is composed primarily of the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms known as diatoms. These diatoms have skeletons made of a natural substance called silica. Diatomaceous earth is used in a variety of industrial and household applications such as filtering, polishing, pest control, and acting as a mild abrasive.

Wikidata

  1. Diatomaceous earth

    Diatomaceous earth also known as D.E., diatomite, or kieselgur/kieselguhr, is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It has a particle size ranging from less than 3 micrometre to more than 1 millimeter, but typically 10 to 200 micrometres. Depending on the granularity, this powder can have an abrasive feel, similar to pumice powder, and is very light as a result of its high porosity. The typical chemical composition of oven-dried diatomaceous earth is 80 to 90% silica, with 2 to 4% alumina and 0.5 to 2% iron oxide. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive in products including toothpaste, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in blood clotting studies, a stabilizing component of dynamite, and a thermal insulator.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Diatomaceous Earth

    A form of SILICON DIOXIDE composed of skeletons of prehistoric aquatic plants which is used for its ABSORPTION quality, taking up 1.5-4 times its weight in water. The microscopic sharp edges are useful for insect control but can also be an inhalation hazard. It has been used in baked goods and animal feed. Kieselguhr is German for flint + earthy sediment.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diatomaceous earth in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diatomaceous earth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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  • diatomitaCatalan, Valencian
  • diatoméjordDanish
  • Diatomeenerde, KieselguhrGerman
  • γη διατόμωνGreek
  • tierra de diatomeasSpanish
  • زمین دارای جدار سیلیسیPersian
  • piimaaFinnish
  • kieselguhr, terre d'infusoires, terre diatoméeFrench
  • cré dhiatómúilIrish
  • डायटोमेसियस पृथ्वीHindi
  • 珪藻土Japanese
  • ಡಯಾಟೊಮಾಸಿಸ್ ಭೂಮಿಯKannada
  • 규조토Korean
  • диатомит, горная мука, инфузорная земля, кизельгурRussian
  • డయాటోమాసియస్ ఎర్త్Telugu
  • ดินทุติยภูมิThai
  • ڈیٹوماسس زمینUrdu
  • 硅藻土Chinese

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