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Pyrites; especially iron pyrites. Also with distinguishing word, usually an adjective of colour, denoting particular varieties.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Origin uncertain; perhaps from an unattested Cornish compound from men stone + teg pretty.
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