One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An antimony-containing mineral which occurs as yellow to reddish-brown octahedral crystals, typically in metamorphosed manganese-bearing hydrothermal deposits.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Nicol (1810–1879), geologist. From French roméite, apparently alteration (with suffix substitution: compare -ite) of roméine. Compare German Romeït.
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