A sedimentary deposit of precipitated minerals, formed by the evaporation of saline water.
A type of sedimentary rock, as halite or gypsum, formed by the evaporation of salt water.
A sedimentary rock that consists of one or more minerals formed as precipitates from the evaporation of a saline solution, such as saltwater. Usually, the first evaporite to form from saltwater is calcium, followed by gypsum and then halite.
Other Word Forms
Origin of evaporite
- evapor(ation) –ite
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition