One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hydrous trigonal silicate of lead and magnesium occurring as colourless or pale green platy crystals.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Molybdophyllit from ancient Greek μόλυβδος lead + ϕύλλον leaf, plant + German -it; compare -phyllite.
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