One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tetragonal aluminosilicate of calcium, sodium, and beryllium (also containing fluoride and hydroxide) that belongs to the melilite group and occurs as transparent yellow or colourless crystals.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From meliphane + -ite.
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