One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The monoclinic form of hydrated sodium aluminium sulphate, NaAl(SO₄)2·11H₂O, occurring as white translucent crusts and fibrous masses.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From Mendoza, the name of a province in western Argentina where the mineral is found + -ite.
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