One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A silicate of magnesium and aluminium that occurs as soft, light-coloured, fibrous layers, and has a structure based on silica tetrahedra arranged in double chains.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From Palygorsk, the name of a locality by the Popovka river in Ukraine + -ite, after German Paligorskit.
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