Definition of anhydrite in English:

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Pronunciation: /anˈhīˌdrīt/


A white mineral consisting of anhydrous calcium sulfate. It typically occurs in evaporite deposits.
Example sentences
  • The lower, evaporitic part of each cycle contains halite, anhydrite (secondary after sedimentary gypsum), and high salts (sylvite and polyhalite).
  • Layering is defined by halite of different colours and grain size with various concentrations of different impurities (mainly red clay, buff anhydrite or green volcanic rocks).
  • The Bonneval gneiss is separated from the augen gneiss by a fault zone in which dolomite, cargneule, anhydrite and Bündnerschiefer occur.


Early 19th century: from Greek anudros (see anhydrous) + -ite1.

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Syllabification: an·hy·drite

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