One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: a laminated electrical insulating material consisting of paper, mica, and enamel. Later also: a similar material composed of layers of paper or fabrics bound by a resin and used in the manufacture of laminated articles. [A trademark.]
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Scientific Abstracts. Blend of mica and classical Latin carta papyrus, paper.
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