Carnallite definition

kärnə-līt
A white, brownish, or reddish mineral, KMgCl3 · 6H2 O, an ore of potassium, used to manufacture potash salts.
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A hydrous chloride of magnesium and potassium, MgCl2KCl6H2O: a valuable source of potassium.
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(mineralogy) A saline evaporite composed of a mixture of potassium chloride and magnesium chloride, with the chemical formula KMgCl3·6H2O.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
carnallite
Plural:
carnallites

Origin of carnallite

  • After Rudolf von Carnall (1804–1874), German mining engineer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition