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Native hydrated sodium sulphate, Na₂SO₄·10H₂O, a monoclinic mineral usually occurring as colourless prisms or massive deposits, especially near salt springs or lakes, and in caves. Also called Glauber's salt.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From German Mirabilit from classical Latin mīrābilis + German -it.
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