One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rare mineral of the cubic system which consists of titanium nitride, TiN, and occurs as small brassy-yellow octahedra in some stony meteorites.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Nevil Story-Maskelyne (1823–1911), mineralogist. From the name of George Osborne, British resident at Bustee (now Basti) in Oudh, India + -ite.
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