One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a class of borates that are relatively less hydrated than the orthoborates; (equivalently) any borate containing the anion BO₂ −; the anion itself; a polyanion with this general formula, especially B₃O₆ 3−.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Watts (1815–1884), chemist. From meta- + borate.
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