One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mineral consisting of calcium carbonate and typically occurring as colourless prisms in deposits from hot springs.
- ‘Otoliths consist of calcium carbonate, mainly in the form of aragonite, and organic matter called otoline.’
- ‘That coating has been tentatively identified as aragonite.’
- ‘These two forms are called aragonite and calcite.’
- ‘Coral's hard parts are composed of aragonite, a form of calcium carbonate.’
- ‘Microscopic crystals of aragonite located in the inner ears of zebrafish control balance and hearing.’
Early 19th century: from the place name Aragon + -ite.
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