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[puhl-ver-yuh-luh nt, -ver-uh-luh nt]
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  1. consisting of dust or fine powder.
  2. crumbling to dust or powder.
  3. covered with dust or powder.
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Origin of pulverulent

1650–60; < Latin pulverulentus dusty, equivalent to pulver- (stem of pulvis) dust + -ulentus -ulent
Related formspul·ver·u·lence, nounpul·ver·u·lent·ly, adverb
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  1. consisting of, covered with, or crumbling to dust or fine particles
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Derived Formspulverulence, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin pulverulentus, from pulvis dust
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