noun Geology.

any sedimentary rock, as gypsum or rock salt, formed by precipitation from evaporating seawater.

Nearby words

  1. evaporation,
  2. evaporation pan,
  3. evaporation pressure,
  4. evaporator,
  5. evaporimeter,
  6. evapotranspiration,
  7. evaristus,
  8. evarts,
  9. evarts, william maxwell,
  10. evasion

Origin of evaporite

First recorded in 1920–25; evapor(ation) + -ite1

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Examples from the Web for evaporite

  • Borates are mined from evaporite deposits at Searles Lake, California, and other desert locations.

    Deserts|A. S. Walker

British Dictionary definitions for evaporite



any sedimentary rock, such as rock salt, gypsum, or anhydrite, formed by evaporation of former seas or salt-water lakes

Word Origin for evaporite

C20: evaporation + -ite 1

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Science definitions for evaporite



A sedimentary rock that consists of one or more minerals formed as precipitates from the evaporation of a saline solution, such as saltwater. Usually, the first evaporite to form from saltwater is calcium, followed by gypsum and then halite.
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