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pearlite

[ pur-lahyt ]
/ ˈpɜr laɪt /
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noun
Metallurgy. a microscopic lamellar structure found in iron or steel, composed of alternating layers of ferrite and cementite.
Petrography. perlite.
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Origin of pearlite

First recorded in 1885–90; pearl + -ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM pearlite

pearl·it·ic [pur-lit-ik], /pɜrˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pearlite

pearlite
/ (ˈpɜːlaɪt) /

noun
the lamellar structure in carbon steels and some cast irons that consists of alternate plates of pure iron and iron carbide
a variant spelling of perlite

Derived forms of pearlite

pearlitic (pɜːˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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