One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mineral originally regarded as a niobium-rich analogue of tapiolite (especially as the niobium-rich endmember of a series with tapiolite), and later as a tantalian and ferroan variety of columbite, but now discredited as a species.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Mossit, from Moss, the name of the town in southern Norway close to which the mineral was found, + -it.
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