kieselguhr

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Etymology[edit]

From German Kieselguhr, from Kiesel (pebble, gravel) + Guhr (guhr).

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kieselguhr (countable and uncountable, plural kieselguhrs)

  1. A kind of soft rock containing the remains of diatoms; it absorbs nitroglycerine and is used to manufacture dynamite.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 191:
      It was the only name anybody seemed to know him by, “Kieselguhr” being a kind of fine clay, used to soak up nitroglycerine and stabilize it into dynamite.

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Noun[edit]

kieselguhr m (plural kieselguhrs)

  1. kieselguhr
  2. diatomaceous earth

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