One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of the zeolite group of minerals occurring in a wide variety of sedimentary rocks and in some igneous rocks, as crystals of various colours.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Review. From French analcime (R. J. Haüy 1797, in Jrnl. des mines 278) from Hellenistic Greek ἀνάλκιμος impotent, feeble, so named with reference to the weakness of its power to retain an electric charge.
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