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perlite

or pearlite

[pur-lahyt] /ˈpɜr laɪt/
noun, Petrography.
1.
a volcanic glass in which concentric fractures impart a distinctive structure resembling masses of small spheroids, used as a plant growth medium.
Origin of perlite
1825-1835
From French, dating back to 1825-35; See origin at pearl1, -ite1
Related forms
perlitic
[pur-lit-ik] /pɜrˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Historical Examples
  • "This gentleman has been so perlite to me, James," said she.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Much obleeged to him for being so perlite in showing me round.

    Airship Andy Frank V. Webster
  • And he had been "so perlite as to ask me how was Grandmother Gano."

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • He's too perlite by half, with his smile and his fine lingo and all.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang
  • You gimme sech a tu'n, dat I ain't got room ter be perlite skacely.'

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • And the sperrit o' the little feller, jest takin' his dorg 'n' lightin' out with nothin' but a perlite good-bye!

    Timothy's Quest Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • But I don't think he heard that shot, and I warn't sorry for it; for it's not right to be a pokin' it into a perlite man, is it?

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  • He asked me as perlite for the wood, as he couldn't be perliter ef I war Queen Victory herself.'

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • Yit I'll not deny that it's easy to be perlite to old Uncle Prince, bekaze he's mighty perlite hisself.

  • It's a perlite thing to fling the key in upon us after this fashion, ain't it?

British Dictionary definitions for perlite

perlite

/ˈpɜːlaɪt/
noun
1.
a variety of obsidian consisting of masses of small pearly globules: used as a filler, insulator, and soil conditioner
Derived Forms
perlitic, pearlitic (pɜːˈlɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, from perlepearl1
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