Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] A black, dark brown, or greenish black micaceous mineral, occurring as a constituent of many igneous and metamorphic rocks.
- ‘In most of the intrusion, hornblende and biotite are both present, but occasionally either may constitute the sole mafic phase.’
- ‘Quartz, feldspar, white mica and biotite are all major constituents.’
- ‘All four samples are medium-grained, and comprise variable proportions of hornblende, feldspar and quartz with accessory biotite and titanite.’
- ‘Although dark minerals such as biotite and hornblende are usually present, giving the rock a speckled appearance, they are never abundant.’
- ‘These microfaults are commonly pulled apart with growth of new quartz and biotite between pulled apart feldspar and hornblende.’
Mid 19th century: named after J.-B. Biot (1774–1862), French mineralogist.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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.