One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for siderite (sense 1)
- ‘The district along Sutherland River has a valuable deposit of spathic iron ore.’
- ‘Spongy iron from the reduction of spathic iron ore is heated to redness and steam passed over it.’
Mid 19th century: spathic from spath, a rare variant of spar, + -ic.
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