One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A poorly characterized clay resembling yellow ochre and containing ferric iron.
A high explosive, first developed in France, based on picric acid and similar to lyddite.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From post-classical Latin Melinites from Hellenistic Greek μήλινος quince-yellow + post-classical Latin -ites<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in The Daily News. From French mélinite, apparently from Hellenistic Greek μήλινος quince-yellow + French -ite, with allusion to the colour of the explosive.
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