One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Hydrated aluminium mellitate, Al₂[C₆(COO)₆].18H₂O, a tetragonal mineral occurring naturally as honey-yellow crystals, especially in lignite.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts. From post-classical Latin mellites (J. F. Gmelin in Linnaeus Systema Naturae (ed. 13, 1793) III. 282) from classical Latin mell-, mel honey + -ītēs, after German Honigstein.
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