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Designating a pattern or figure exhibited by some meteorites when a cross section is exposed to acid, consisting of thin interleaving bands of iron-nickel alloys. Also: designating a similar pattern consisting of ferrite bands that sometimes occurs in steel and alloys of iron.
Late 19th century. From the name of A. J. von Beckh-Widmanstätten, Austrian scientist.
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