One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mineral consisting of a hydrated silicate of calcium, Ca₅H₂Si₆O₁₈·6H₂O, which belongs to the orthorhombic crystal system and occurs as white to reddish translucent gelatinous masses that harden on exposure to air.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Watts (1815–1884), chemist. From French plombièrite from the name of Plombières-les-Bains + French -ite.
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