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syl·vite(sĭl′vīt′) also syl·vine (-vēn′) or syl·vin·ite (-vĭ-nīt′)
A colorless vitreous potassium chloride mineral, the major ore of potassium.
[Alteration of sylvine, from French, from New Latin (sāl dīgestīvus) Sylviī, (digestive salt) of Sylvius, probably after Franz de la Boë, or Franciscus Sylvius (1614-1672), German-born Dutch physician.]
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|Noun||1.||sylvine - a mineral consisting of native potassium chloride; an important ore of potassium that is found in sedimentary beds|
atomic number 19, potassium, K - a light soft silver-white metallic element of the alkali metal group; oxidizes rapidly in air and reacts violently with water; is abundant in nature in combined forms occurring in sea water and in carnallite and kainite and sylvite
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition