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geyserite

[ gahy-zuh-rahyt, -suh- ]

noun

, Petrology.
  1. a variety of siliceous sinter deposited about the orifices of geysers and hot springs.


geyserite

/ ˈɡiːzəˌraɪt /

noun

  1. a mineral form of hydrated silica resembling opal, deposited from the waters of geysers and hot springs. Formula: SiO 2 . n H 2 O


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Word History and Origins

Origin of geyserite1

First recorded in 1805–15; geyser + -ite 1

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Example Sentences

The Constant is visible from the roadway in the bottom of a large tract of geyserite which is unsafe for pedestrians.

Geyserite, a white, porous, stringy variety deposited by certain hot springs like the Yellowstone geysers.

This particular form of Opal is known as geyserite, and it is often differently colored by different ingredients.

Of what use are pieces of geyserite when taken away from their natural environment?

They come nearer in character to the Yellowstone geysers, their waters depositing true geyserite, or silicious concretions.

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