One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rare mineral containing boron and beryllium, typically occurring in pegmatites as colourless, white, or yellowish crystals associated with rubellite.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in London and Edinburgh Philosophical Magazine. From German Rhodizit from Hellenistic Greek ῥοδίζειν to be rose-like (from ancient Greek ῥόδον rose + -ίζειν) + German -it; so called because it colours the flame of a blowpipe red.
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