kernite

[kur-nahyt]

noun

a mineral, hydrated sodium borate, Na2B4O7⋅4H2O, occurring in transparent colorless crystals: the principal source of boron compounds in the U.S.

Nearby words

  1. kernel smut,
  2. kernelly,
  3. kernicterus,
  4. kernig's sign,
  5. kerning,
  6. kernmantel rope,
  7. kernos,
  8. kero,
  9. kerogen,
  10. keroid

Origin of kernite

1925–30; named after Kern County, California; see -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for kernite

kernite

noun

a light soft colourless or white mineral consisting of a hydrated sodium borate in monoclinic crystalline form: an important source of borax and other boron compounds. Formula: Na 2 B 4 O 7 .4H 2 O

Word Origin for kernite

C20: from Kern County, California, where it was found + -ite 1

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