kainite

[ kahy-nahyt, key- ]

noun
  1. a mineral, hydrous sulfate of magnesium and potassium chloride, occurring in granular crystalline masses, a source of potassium salts.

Origin of kainite

1
From the German word Kainit, dating back to 1865–70. See caino-, -ite1

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kainite

/ (ˈkaɪnaɪt) /


noun
  1. a white mineral consisting of potassium chloride and magnesium sulphate: a fertilizer and source of potassium salts. Formula: KCl.MgSO 4 .3H 2 O

Origin of kainite

1
C19: from German Kainit, from Greek kainos new + -ite 1

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