Definitions for gahniteˈgɑ naɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a dark green to black mineral of the spinel group.
Origin of gahnite:
1800–10; after J. G. Gahn (1745–1818), Swedish chemist
A rare mineral ZnAlO in the spinel group.
Origin: Category:English eponyms
zinc spinel; automolite
Gahnite, ZnAl2O4, is a rare mineral belonging to the spinel group. It forms octahedral crystals which may be green, blue, yellow, brown or grey. It often forms as an alteration product of sphalerite in altered massive sulphide deposits such as at Broken Hill, Australia. Other occurrences include Falun, Sweden where it is found in pegmatites and skarns, Charlemont, Massachusetts; Spruce Pine, North Carolina; White Picacho district, Arizona; Topsham, Maine; and Franklin, New Jersey in the United States. It was first described in 1807 for an occurrence in the Falu mine, Falun, Dalarna, Sweden, and named after the Swedish chemist, Johan Gottlieb Gahn, the discoverer of the element manganese. It is sometimes called zinc spinel.
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