Definition of quincite in US English:

quincite

(also quinzite, quincyte, quincyite)

noun

Mineralogy
  • Originally: a mineral substance composed chiefly of sepiolite coloured pink by organic pigments, found in limestone, chalcedony, and opal. Later also: a variety of common opal coloured pink by this substance; (more widely) any pink opal.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Shepard (1804–1886). From French quincyte from name of Quincy, a locality in Cher, France, where the mineral was discovered + -ite.

Pronunciation

quincite

/ˈkwɪnsʌɪt/