One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light taffeta-silk fabric, especially used for dress linings.
An impure form of braunite.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Court Magazine. From French marceline, an unexplained use of the female forename Marceline<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Nicol (1810–1879), geologist. From French marceline from the name of St Marcel, a town in the Piedmont region of north-western Italy, where the mineral was first found + -ine.
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