Meaning of zeolite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈziːəlʌɪt/


  • Any of a large group of minerals consisting of hydrated aluminosilicates of sodium, potassium, calcium, and barium. They can be readily dehydrated and rehydrated, and are used as cation exchangers and molecular sieves.

    ‘The junction pockets are commonly lined with quartz and calcite upon which zeolites and associated minerals crystallize.’
    • ‘In the 1970s and 1980s collectors and dealers reported on the zeolites and associated minerals from the Deccan Traps.’
    • ‘Four locations in the Wolf Creek Pass area produce a diverse suite of zeolites and associated mineral species that occur as attractive specimens.’
    • ‘He had a wide interest in minerals but specialized in zeolites and published many locality discoveries.’
    • ‘There are more than eighty different natural zeolite minerals and many hundreds of synthetic zeolites with no naturally occurring equivalents.’
    • ‘Cementation is dominantly by chlorite, with epidote and zeolites also present as cement phases.’
    • ‘Two zeolite minerals, analcime and natrolite, were identified, representing the first authenticated occurrence of these zeolites in Ontonagon County.’
    • ‘Table Mountain, just north of campus, was once considered one of the world's premier localities for zeolites.’
    • ‘Exposed zeolites weather rapidly, and consequently good material can be found only in freshly opened cavities.’


Late 18th century from Swedish and German zeolit, from Greek zein ‘to boil’ + -lite (from their characteristic swelling when heated in the laboratory).