One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rare mineral originally reported as yellowish hexagonal plates from Bolivian tin mines, perhaps a form of jarosite.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From German Raimondit from the name of Antonio Raimondi, Italian-born Peruvian scientist who discovered the mineral + German -it.
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