ga·​lac·​tite | \ gəˈlakˌtīt \
plural -s

Definition of galactite

: an unidentified soluble stone possibly of calcium nitrate whose milky solution gave rise to many legends and superstitions in medieval times

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First Known Use of galactite

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galactite

Middle French or Latin; Middle French galactite, from Latin galactites, from Greek galaktitēs (lithos) stone that makes water milky, from galakt-, gala milk

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“Galactite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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