plural -s
: a ferruginous dolomite or magnesite
: a mineral consisting of the isomorphous system of magnesium, iron, and manganese carbonate (Mg,Fe,Mn)CO3

Word History


Count August Breunner (or Breuner)-Enkevoirth †1879 Austrian nobleman and mineral collector + -ite entry 1

Note: Term introduced by the Austrian mineralogist and physicist Wilhelm von Haidinger (1795-1871) in his expanded translation (Treatise on Mineralogy, or the Natural History of the Mineral Kingdom, Edinburgh, 1825, vol. 1, p. 411) of Friedrich Mohs Grundriss der Mineralogie (Dresden, 1822). Breunner was a patron of both Mohs and Haidinger, and traveled with Haidinger to France and England in the 1820's.

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“Breunnerite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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