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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.
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Origin of kainite

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

  • Acid phosphate and kainite added to the manure may pay handsomely.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • Kainite, kī′nīt, n. a hydrated compound of the chlorides and sulphates of magnesium and potassium, used as a fertiliser.

  • Copperas or blue stone, kainite and superphosphate are sometimes used for the same purpose.

    The First Book of Farming

    Charles L. Goodrich


British Dictionary definitions for kainite

kainite

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
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Word Origin

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