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diatomaceous

[dahy-uh-tuh-mey-shuh s]
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adjective
  1. consisting of or containing diatoms or their fossil remains.
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Origin of diatomaceous

1840–50; < New Latin Diatomace(ae) an order name (see diatom, -aceae) + -ous
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Examples from the Web for diatomaceous

Historical Examples

  • The shelf-ice is without doubt afloat, if the presence of sea-water and diatomaceous stains on the ice is of any account.

    The Home of the Blizzard

    Douglas Mawson

  • Diatomaceous earth is made up of remains of minute aquatic plants.

  • The animal is in many respects a plant; for the diatomaceous creatures one knows hardly in which kingdom to find their place.

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott

  • Wherever these circumstances coexist, diatomaceous forms will almost invariably be found.


British Dictionary definitions for diatomaceous

diatomaceous

adjective
  1. of, relating to, consisting of, or containing diatoms or their fossil remains
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