Definition of sylvite in English:


Line breaks: syl|vite
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪlvʌɪt


[mass noun]
A colourless or white mineral consisting of potassium chloride, occurring typically as cubic crystals.
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  • Potassium salts, such as sylvite (potassium chloride) are used to produce fertilizers for the agricultural industry, while boron salts, especially borax, are a basic resource for the glass industry.
  • In association with our work with the American Chemical Society, we have developed a field procedure for distinguishing halite from sylvite.
  • The most common minerals of chlorine are halite, or rock salt, sylvite, and carnallite.


mid 19th century: from modern Latin (sal digestivus) Sylvii, the old name of this salt, + -ite1.

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