An example of silica is a material found in quartz.
Other Word Forms
Origin of silica
- New Latin from Latin silex silic- hard stone, flint
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Origin: 1585-95; in Latin silex (“hard stone, flint"). Subsequently, silicon was first identified by the chemist Antoine Lavoisier in 1787 as a component element of the silex, or silicis for flint, and more generally what were termed "flints" during the era, nowadays as we would say "silica" or more formally, silicate.