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A yellow or yellowish-greenish mineral which is a hydrated borate of magnesium, MgB₂O₄·3H₂O, occurring as translucent crystals of the tetragonal system or granular masses.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From German Pinnoit from the name of M. Pinno, chief councillor of mines in Saxony, where the mineral was found + -it.
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