Definition of bentonite in English:

bentonite

Line breaks: ben¦ton|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛntənʌɪt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
A kind of absorbent clay formed by breakdown of volcanic ash, used especially as a filler.
More example sentences
  • Sedimentary rocks such as mudstones often contain a variety of clay minerals, including swelling clays such as bentonite.
  • I work with a low-fire clay body consisting of ball clay, talc and bentonite.
  • Three types of soils, residual soils, kaolinite and bentonite, were used in the study.

Origin

late 19th century: from the name of Fort Benton in Montana, US, where it is found, + -ite1.

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