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A mineral occurring in auriferous sand and originally regarded as a monoclinic silicate of iron, aluminium, and magnesium.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From German Partschin; from the name of P. M. Partsch, Austrian mineralogist + -in) + -ite.
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