[kee-zuh l-goo r]
Origin of kieselguhr
1870–75; < German, equivalent to Kiesel flint + Gu(h)r earthy deposit
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for kieselguhr
The best substitute for "kieselguhr" is ashes of bog-head coal.Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare
C. W. Sleeman
Dynamit: nitroglycerine 75 per cent, Kieselguhr 25 per cent.
It is a patented preparation and is made by the absorption of phosphoric acid by a powdery compound known as “Kieselguhr.”
Nitroglycerine, when absorbed in a porous earth called 'Kieselguhr', is called dynamite.
Kieselguhr, or simply guhr, absorbs twice its weight of nitroglycerine; cork charcoal absorbs nine times its weight.
- an unconsolidated form of diatomite
C19: from German Kieselgur, from Kiesel flint, pebble + Gur loose earthy deposit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012