One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having or designating a texture formed by a felted mass of acicular or lath-shaped crystals in a holocrystalline igneous rock.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Frederick Hatch (1864–1932), geologist and mining engineer. From ancient Greek πῖλος wool, felt + τάξις arrangement + -itic, after German pilotaxitisch.
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