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Of a mineral: older than the rock or deposit of which it forms part. Contrasted with "authigenic".
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Frederick Hatch (1864–1932), geologist and mining engineer. From German allothigen (E. Kalkowsky 1880, in Neues Jahrb. f. Mineralogie 1 4; from ancient Greek ἄλλοθι elsewhere (from ἄλλος other + -θι, suffix forming adverbs) + German -gen: see -genic) + -ic.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.