[ sahy-al ]
/ ˈsaɪ æl /
the assemblage of rocks, rich in silica and alumina, that comprise the continental portions of the upper layer of the earth's crust.
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Related formssi·al·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sial
During the Mutiny of 1857 the Sial leader again proved his loyalty by serving in person on the British side.
Sialogogue, sī-al′o-gog, n. a drug which increases the secretion of saliva—also Sial′agogue.
British Dictionary definitions for sial
/ (ˈsaɪəl) /
the silicon-rich and aluminium-rich rocks of the earth's continental upper crust, the most abundant individual rock being granite
Derived Formssialic (saɪˈælɪk), adjective
Word Origin for sial
C20: si (licon) + al (uminium)
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