One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Whitish. Now rare.
2Palaeontology. Designating (part of) a conodont element which is white in colour, and opaque rather than translucent.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Tomlinson (fl. 1657). From classical Latin albidus whitish, white from albēre to be white + -idus.
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