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

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of galactite was in the 15th century

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“Galactite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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