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  1. Metallurgy. a microscopic lamellar structure found in iron or steel, composed of alternating layers of ferrite and cementite.
  2. Petrography. perlite.
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Origin of pearlite

First recorded in 1885–90; pearl1 + -ite1
Related formspearl·it·ic [pur-lit-ik] /pɜrˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pearlitic


  1. the lamellar structure in carbon steels and some cast irons that consists of alternate plates of pure iron and iron carbide
  2. a variant spelling of perlite
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Derived Formspearlitic (pɜːˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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