a clay mineral, hydrous magnesium aluminum silicate, belonging to the montmorillonite group: found as a soft filling in rock cavities.
Origin of saponite
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a clay mineral consisting of hydrated magnesium aluminium silicate and occurring in metamorphic rocks such as serpentine
Word Origin for saponite
C19: from Swedish saponit (a rendering of German Seifenstein soapstone), from Latin sāpō soap
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