One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Hard, black vulcanized rubber.
- ‘Tortoiseshell, vulcanite, wood, and coral became part of the new jewelry repertory.’
- ‘The recordings on huge aluminium based vulcanite discs were in danger of disintegrating, but the staff at the Linguistics Department have managed to preserve them.’
- ‘There is jewelry incorporating hair, enamel, engraving, casting, and die-stamping, as well as objects made from unusual materials such as tortoiseshell, wood, and vulcanite.’
- ‘Stephen Spender… was now living in a chic apartment with a colour scheme out of Vogue, a huge vulcanite writing-desk and over the fireplace an abstract picture by Wyndham Lewis.’
- ‘The first synthetic material to be used in flute-making was ebonite, also known as vulcanite.’
Mid 19th century: from Vulcan + -ite.
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