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An aluminosilicate of ferrous iron and alkali metals which is a pseudomorph of pinite.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From German Oösit from the name of the Oos valley, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, where the mineral was first found + -it.
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