Definition of gibbsite in English:

gibbsite

Line breaks: gibbs|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈgɪbzʌɪt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A colourless mineral consisting of hydrated aluminium hydroxide, occurring chiefly as a constituent of bauxite or in encrustations.
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    • The remaining clay component from the limestone can be further altered by these acids and, over time, it is converted to aluminium oxyhydroxide minerals such as gibbsite, diaspore, and boehmite.
    • ‘This particular sample is a cryptocrystalline stalactitic aggregate, composed of concentric layers of gibbsite of variable purity.’
    • Its structure is predicted from the known structures of nordstrandite and gibbsite on the basis of similarities in X-ray precession photographs in two zones.

Origin

early 19th century: named after George Gibbs (1776–1833), American mineralogist, + -ite1.

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