One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An iron-containing mineral of the pyroxene group, which occurs as dark green, pointed crystals.
Early 19th century. Originally from Swedish Achmit from Greek ἀχμή, supposed variant of ancient Greek ἀκμή point + -it, so called on account of the shape of its crystals. In later use altered after ancient Greek ἀκμή.
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