One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Nickel telluride, NiTe₂, an opaque reddish-white mineral which crystallizes in the trigonal system and occurs as hexagonal scales.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. From melon- (in the name of the Melonese mine, Calaveras County, California, where the first specimen of the mineral to be identified was found) + -ite.
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