One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Native lead oxychloride, Pb₃Cl₂O₂, an orthorhombic mineral usually occurring as columnar or fibrous white masses.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Watts (1815–1884), chemist. From German Mendipit from the name of the MendipHills, Somerset, where the mineral was first found + -it.
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