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German Berg mountain + Mehl meal.


bergmeal (uncountable)

  1. An earthy substance, resembling fine flour, composed of the shells of infusoria.
    Bergmeal was sometimes mixed into food during times of scarcity in Lapland and Sweden.
  2. A white powdery variety of calcite.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bergmeal in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)