One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dark brown rock-forming mineral containing cerium, titanium, and niobium; now also more fully "aeschynite-(Ce)". Also: either of two related minerals, in which cerium and calcium are replaced either by yttrium, erbium, and calcium (more fully "aeschynite-(Y)"), or else by neodymium and cerium (more fully "aeschynite-(Nd)").
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edinburgh Journal Science. From German Aeschynit from Swedish äschynit from ancient Greek αἰσχύνη shame, dishonour, disgrace + Swedish -it. The mineral is so named in allusion to the inability of chemical science, at the time of the discovery of the mineral, to isolate some of its constituents.
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