bix·​by·​ite | \ ˈbiksbēˌīt \
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Definition of bixbyite

: a mineral FeO.MnO2 consisting of an iron manganese oxide occurring in black isometric crystals

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History and Etymology for bixbyite

Maynard Bixby †1935 U.S. mineral collector + -ite entry 1

Note: Named and described by American mineralogist Samuel Lewis Penfield (1856-1906) and chemist Harry Ward Foote (1875-1942) in “On Bixbyite, a new Mineral, and on the Associated Topaz,” American Journal of Science, vol. 154 (1897), pp. 105-08: “The mineral to be described in the present article was sent to us for identification by Mr. Maynard Bixby of Salt Lake City, Utah … We take pleasure in naming this mineral after Mr. Bixby, who has generously supplied us with material for investigation … (p. 105, 107).

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“Bixbyite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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