mullite

[muhl-ahyt]

noun

a rare clay mineral, aluminum silicate, Al6Si2O13, produced artificially during various melting and firing processes: used as a refractory.

Nearby words

  1. mulligrubs,
  2. mulliken,
  3. mullingar,
  4. mullion,
  5. mullis,
  6. mullock,
  7. mulloway,
  8. mulroney,
  9. mulroney, brian,
  10. mult-

Origin of mullite

1924; after Mull, source of the rocks in which it was first identified; see -ite1

Also called porcelainite.

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British Dictionary definitions for mullite

mullite

noun

a colourless mineral consisting of aluminium silicate in orthorhombic crystalline form: used as a refractory. Formula: Al 6 Si 2 O 13

Word Origin for mullite

from island of Mull

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