One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hydrated form of magnesium carbonate, MgCO₃·3H₂O, crystallizing in the monoclinic system and occurring as colourless or white prismatic crystals.
Late 19th century. From Nesquehon- (in Nesquehoning, the name of a mine in Pennsylvania) + -ite: see quot. 1890.
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