One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mineral of the mica group which differs from muscovite in containing sodium rather than potassium.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Nicol (1810–1879), geologist. From German Paragonit from ancient Greek παράγων leading aside or astray, misleading, present participle of παράγειν to lead astray + German -it.
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