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smectite

[smek-tahyt]
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noun Mineralogy.
  1. montmorillonite.
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Origin of smectite

1805–15; < Greek smēkt(ós) smeared + -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for smectite

smectite

noun
  1. any of a group of clay minerals of which montmorillonite and saponite are members
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