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septarium

[sep-tair-ee-uh m]
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noun, plural sep·tar·i·a [sep-tair-ee-uh] /sɛpˈtɛər i ə/. Geology.
  1. a concretionary nodule or mass, usually of calcium carbonate or of argillaceous carbonate of iron, traversed within by a network of cracks filled with calcite and other minerals.
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Origin of septarium

1775–85; < New Latin sēptārium, equivalent to Latin sēpt(um) enclosure (see septum) + -ārium -arium
Related formssep·tar·i·an, adjectivesep·tar·i·ate [sep-tair-ee-it] /sɛpˈtɛər i ɪt/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Layers of Septaria or cement-stones are of frequent occurrence.

    Sea-Weeds, Shells and Fossils

    Peter Gray

  • There are also Panopæa intermedia, and in septaria Pinna affinis.


British Dictionary definitions for septaria

septarium

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
  1. a mass of mineral substance having cracks filled with another mineral, esp calcite
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Derived Formsseptarian, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Latin septum
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