One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A whitish mineral consisting of a hydrated basic sulphate of aluminium, typically occurring in opaque, clay-like masses.
An ultramafic, ultrabasic rock formed in the cavities and fissures of other rocks and composed of approximately equal amounts of orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene, typically having a greyish, banded appearance.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Henry James Brooke (1771–1857), crystallographer. From French websterite from the name of Thomas Webster, Scottish geologist + French -ite<br>late 19th century. From Webster, the name of a village in N. Carolina, where the mineral was originally discovered + -ite.
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