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boron
07-08-2016, 12:10 AM
Is there any one-word term for the fine sand as found in sand clocks or on the beach?

I was intending to use such term for the description of a sand-like material in the gallbladder, officially called gallbladder sludge.

MaeZe
07-08-2016, 12:15 AM
Also called biliary sludge, but why not use it's actual name?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11276386

boron
07-08-2016, 12:30 AM
Because I feel I need to provide further explanation of what the sludge in the gallbladder is. Also, sludge is explained as "mud," but biliary sludge is composed of small crystals, which makes it fine sand. We here have one word for "fine sand," but if this is it, no problem.

Alessandra Kelley
07-08-2016, 01:44 AM
Stuff finer than sand is silt. If one is being precise there is a distinction between fine sand and coarse silt.

mccardey
07-08-2016, 01:50 AM
Stuff finer than sand is silt. If one is being precise there is a distinction between fine sand and coarse silt.

Also, silt sounds a lot better than gallbladder sludge. ;)

Dennis E. Taylor
07-08-2016, 02:03 AM
Well, one word for it is actually fines : http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fines

King Neptune
07-08-2016, 03:23 AM
I agree. Say that it is like silt or fines. Silt is a much more common word, and there is a progression from fine sand to the finest of clay particles.

Beachgirl
07-08-2016, 03:46 AM
Living 10 minutes from one of the best beaches in the U.S., with some of the whitest, finest sand you will find on any beach, we fondly call it powder. It literally feels like baby powder and is so fine it actually squeaks when walked on.

boron
07-08-2016, 12:39 PM
Silt sounds perfect.

mccardey
07-08-2016, 12:43 PM
Silt sounds perfect. I have spent most of today trying to find a way to use gallbladder sludge in a sentence. Just to Amaze My Friends.

Still working on it.

Dennis E. Taylor
07-08-2016, 07:16 PM
I have spent most of today trying to find a way to use gallbladder sludge in a sentence. Just to Amaze My Friends.


Trump is a mass of gallbladder sludge.

I win. ;)

shakeysix
07-08-2016, 07:29 PM
Gunk?

Cath
07-08-2016, 11:34 PM
*coughs politely* Back to answering the question, please?

Old Hack
07-09-2016, 01:37 AM
Aggregates are named according to their particle size.

Sand is usually 2mm to 0.06mm.

0.06 to 0.002mm is silt.

Below that, it's clay.

This comes from my husband, who is a Chartered Minerals Surveyor, and who can talk geology with the best of them.

boron
07-09-2016, 12:32 PM
OK, interesting. This biliary sludge would then still be sand.