One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1another term for anatase
2An iron meteorite containing plates of kamacite and taenite in an octahedral orientation.
- ‘The Gibeon meteorite is classified as a fine iron octahedrite type IVA.’
- ‘The individual crystals of octahedrite are very minute.’
Early 19th century: from octahedron + -ite.
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