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[Greek sēpion, cuttlebone (from sēpiā, cuttlefish; see sepia) + -lite.]
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(Minerals) another name for meerschaum1
[C19: from German Sepiolith, from Greek sēpion bone of a cuttlefish; see sepia, -lite]
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(ˈmɪər ʃəm, -ʃɔm)

1. a mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, H4Mg2Si3O10, occurring in white, claylike masses, used esp. for pipe bowls; sepiolite.
2. a tobacco pipe with a bowl made of meerschaum.
[1775–85; < German Meerschaum, literally, sea foam]
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Noun1.sepiolite - a white clayey mineral
meerschaum - a pipe having a bowl made of meerschaum
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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For the work reported here, sepiolite was selected as the nanofiller because it is a naturally occurring, easily available, low cost clay mineral with high thermal and mechanical stability.
Similar phenomena have been found for MB adsorption on Hazelnut shell [26], Tea waste [27], coir pith carbon [28], cedar sawdust and crushed brick [29], cadmium ferrite [30], sepiolite [31] and wheat shells [32].
Organic/ inorganic nanocomposite hybrids of styrene butadiene rubber prepared with modified and unmodified montmorillonite, sepiolite (SP), hectorite, carbon nanofiber (F), and expanded graphite was investigated [4].
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Yakar, "FT-IR spectroscopic investigation of adsorption of 3-aminopyridine on sepiolite and montmorillonite from Anatolia," Journal of Molecular Structure, vol.
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Yalin, "The influence of silver and copper ions on the antibacterial activity and local electrical properties of single sepiolite fiber: a conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFm) study," Applied Clay Science, vol.
In contrast, including the remaining drill mud into the model results in clearly more precipitation of Mg-silicates (chlorite, chrysotile, and sepiolite) and sulfate minerals (gypsum, celestite, and barite).