One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A yellowish-green mineral of the autunite group, found as an alteration product of uranium ores.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Academy: a monthly record of literature, learning, science, and art. From urano- + ancient Greek σπίνος chaffinch + -ite, after German Uranospinit, so called on account of its colour.
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