taaffe·​ite | \ ˈtäˌfīt \
plural -s

Definition of taaffeite

: a rare mineral BeMgAl4O16 consisting of oxide of beryllium, magnesium, and aluminum and resembling mauve-colored spinel

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History and Etymology for taaffeite

Count Edward Charles Richard Taaffe, born 1898 Irish gemmologist born in Bohemia who first found it as a faceted gem + English -ite

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“Taaffeite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taaffeite. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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