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attapulgite

[at-uh-puhl-jahyt]
noun
  1. a clay mineral, basic hydrous silicate of magnesium and aluminum, the active ingredient of fuller's earth.
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Origin of attapulgite

named after Attapulgus, town in SW Georgia, U.S., near source of supply; see -ite1
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