One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A silvery to steel-grey mineral that is an alloy of bismuth and tellurium, Bi₄Te₃, occurring as foliated masses and belonging to the trigonal crystal system.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From German Pilsenit from the name of Deutsch- Pilsen, former name of Nagybörzsöny, Hungary, where the mineral was first found + -it.
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