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A rare mineral of the orthorhombic crystal system consisting of a basic magnesium borate, Mg₃B₁₁O₁₅(OH)₉, and occurring as colourless, lemon-yellow, or dark grey nodules in salt deposits in Kazakhstan.
1950s; earliest use found in American Mineralogist. From Russian preobraženskit from the name of Pavel Ivanovič Preobraženskij, investigator of Russian salt deposits + -it.
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