[puhl-ver-yuh-luh nt, -ver-uh-luh nt]
- consisting of dust or fine powder.
- crumbling to dust or powder.
- covered with dust or powder.
Origin of pulverulent
1650–60; < Latin pulverulentus dusty, equivalent to pulver- (stem of pulvis) dust + -ulentus -ulent
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Examples from the Web for pulverulent
The stem is subequal, cespitose, reticulate to the base, pulverulent below.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Most gelatinous, pulverulent, and crystalline precipitates are of this nature.
In the hollows the soil appears rich, dark, and pulverulent, with much admixture of unformed bird-guano.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
The shells are sometimes entirely decomposed, forming a pulverulent marl; sometimes in a state of good preservation.Principles of Geology
By evaporation, with the usual precautions, they may be obtained either in the pulverulent or crystalline form.
- consisting of, covered with, or crumbling to dust or fine particles
C17: from Latin pulverulentus, from pulvis dust