One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A translucent brown or brownish-green mineral which consists of a hydrated phosphate of calcium and uranium (usually with some cerium or other rare-earth elements), and belongs to the orthorhombic system.
1950s. From the name of the NingyoPass in Tottori Prefecture, Japan (Japanese Ningyō Tōge, lit. ‘Doll Pass’), famous for its uranium mines + -ite, probably after Japanese ningyō-seki.
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