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[pin-ahyt, pee-nahyt]
  1. a micaceous mineral, similar in composition to muscovite, formed by chemical alteration of various other minerals.
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Origin of pinite

1795–1805; < German Pinit, named after Pini, mine in Germany; see -ite1
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Historical Examples

  • Pinite has been said to have been also discovered in this spot.

    A Guide to the Mount's Bay and the Land's End

    John Ayrton Paris

  • In the granite rocks on the high hills south-east of Trewellard, Pinite is to be observed.

British Dictionary definitions for pinite


  1. a greyish-green or brown mineral containing amorphous aluminium and potassium sulphates
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Word Origin

C19: from German Pinit, named after the Pini mine, Schneeberg, Saxony
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