One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A red to reddish-brown mineral consisting of ferric hydroxide, typically occurring as scaly or fibrous crystals.
- ‘Goethite and lepidocrocite, FeOOH, are common replacement agents of pyrite and also occur as stains on minerals exposed to weathering.’
Early 19th century: from Greek lepis, lepid- ‘scale’ + krokis ‘fibre’.
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