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Pinite, a form of mica pseudomorphous after scapolite. Formerly also: †scapolite itself (obsolete).
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Kirwan (1733–1812), chemist and mineralogist. Irregularly from mica + -elle, with insertion of -r- apparently for euphony; compare later aquarelle.
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