[ sep-tair-ee-uhm ]

noun,plural sep·tar·i·a [sep-tair-ee-uh]. /sɛpˈtɛər i ə/. Geology.
  1. a nodule or mass, such as of limestone or ironstone, formed by the addition of layers around a nucleus and having a network of cracks inside it filled with calcite and other minerals.

Origin of septarium

First recorded in 1775–85; from New Latin sēptārium, equivalent to Latin sēpt(um) “enclosure” (see septum) + -ārium -arium

Other words from septarium

  • sep·tar·i·an, adjective
  • sep·tar·i·ate [sep-tair-ee-it], /sɛpˈtɛər i ɪt/, adjective

Words Nearby septarium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for septarium


/ (sɛpˈtɛərɪəm) /

nounplural -ia (-ɪə)
  1. a mass of mineral substance having cracks filled with another mineral, esp calcite

Origin of septarium

C18: from New Latin, from Latin septum

Derived forms of septarium

  • septarian, adjective

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