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As nouns the difference between caliche and chat

is that caliche is (mineral) a crude form of sodium nitrate from south america; used as a fertilizer while chat is a chat, exchange of text or voice messages in real time, notably by internet.



  • (mineral) A crude form of sodium nitrate from South America; used as a fertilizer.
  • A layer of hard clay subsoil or sedimentary rock; hardpan.
  • * 1929 , US Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, Soil Survey of Potter County, Texas , page 44,
  • According to local well drillers, in wells drilled on the high plains a few hundred feet back from the caliche' escarpment or in other locations on the high plains in this area no hard '''caliche''' or white layer, such as would characterize a soft layer of high lime-carbonate content, is generally reached at a depth corresponding to the elevation of the ' caliche escarpment.
  • * 1985 , Julie Behrend Weinberg, Growing Food In the High Desert Country , page 17,
  • Having a layer of caliche' at depths of 16 inches and less really puts a damper on the garden site. The ' caliche does not allow roots to penetrate it (tree roots often take 10 years to break through a caliche layer) nor does this mineral allow water to drain.
  • * 2011 , Hüseyin Yalçin, Ömer Bozkaya, Chapter 7: Sepiolite-Palygorskite Occurrences in Turkey'', Arieh Singer, Emilio Galan (editors), ''Developments in Palygorskite-Sepiolite Research , page 186,
  • Caliche in various forms, namely powdery, nodule, tube, fracture-infill, laminar crust, hard laminated crust (hardpan) and pisolitic crust, is widespread in the Mersin area in southern Turkey (Eren et al., 2008; Kadir and Eren, 2008).


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    (wikipedia chat)

    Etymology 1

    Abbreviation of chatter . The bird sense refers to the sound of its call.


  • To be engaged in informal conversation.
  • She chatted with her friend in the cafe.
    I like to chat over a coffee with a friend.
  • To talk more than a few words.
  • I met my old friend in the street, so we chatted for a while.
  • To talk of; to discuss.
  • They chatted politics for a while.
  • To exchange text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, as if having a face-to-face conversation.
  • Do you want to chat online later?


  • Informal conversation.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=Foreword citation , passage=Reg liked a chat about old times and we used to go and have a chinwag in the pub.}}
  • A conversation to stop an argument or settle situations.
  • An exchange of text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, resembling a face-to-face conversation.
  • Any of various small Old World passerine birds in the subfamily Saxicolini that feed on insects.
  • Derived terms
    * backchat * chatroom * chat up * stonechat * whinchat

    Etymology 2

    Compare chit'' "small piece of paper", and ''chad''.William Safire, ''The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time , p. 43, Simon and Schuster, 2007 ISBN 1416587403.


  • A small potato, such as is given to swine.
  • References

    Etymology 3

    Origin unknown.


    (en noun)
  • Mining waste from lead and zinc mines.
  • * 2006 , Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day , Vintage 2007, p. 441:
  • Frank had been looking at calcite crystals for a while now [...] among the chats or zinc tailings of the Lake County mines, down here in the silver lodes of the Vita Madre and so forth.

    Etymology 4

    From .

    Alternative forms

    * chatt


    (en noun)
  • .
  • * 1977 , Mary Emily Pearce, Apple Tree Lean Down , page 520:
  • 'Do officers have chats , then, the same as us?'
    'Not the same, no. The chats they got is bigger and better, with pips on their shoulders and Sam Browne belts.'
  • * 2007 , How Can I Sleep when the Seagull Calls? (ISBN 978-1-4357-1811-1), page 18:
  • May a thousand chats from Belgium crawl under their fingers as they write.
  • * 2013 , Graham Seal, The Soldiers' Press: Trench Journals in the First World War (ISBN 1137303263), page 149:
  • Trench foot'' was a nasty and potentially fatal foot disease commonly caused by these conditions, in which ''chats or body lice were the bane of all.

    Etymology 5


    (en noun)
  • Anagrams

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