One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ore mineral of silver typically occurring as small, silver-grey, thorn-shaped or prismatic crystals, or in polycrystalline masses.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Quarterly Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Akanthit from ancient Greek ἄκανθα thorn + German -it. The mineral is so named on account of the shape of its crystals.
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