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1 It was, probably, a yellow, argillaceous earth, and it is more proba- ble that it derived its name from μελὶ, "honey," in consequence of its colour than by reason of its supposed sweet juices. The Mellite, Mellitite, or Honey-stone of modern Mineralogy, also known as Mellate of Alumina, has its name from its honey-yellow colour. It is found in Thuringia, Moravia, and Bohemia; but most probably was unknown in the days of Pliny.
2 See B. xx. cc. 6, 21.
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