One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A monoclinic acid sulphate of potassium occurring as greyish-white, transparent or translucent, fibrous masses or aggregates of needle-like crystals.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From Italian misenite from Miseno, the name of a promontory near Naples, where the mineral was first found + -ite.
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