Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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diatomaceous silica ( diatomite, diatomaceous earth )

The siliceous remains of microscopic diatoms, which are aquatic plants. Diatomaceous silica is used as a dulling or flattening agent in coating and as a filler in paper. Also known as "infusorial earth" and "kieselguhr." (17 )




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