from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plagioclase feldspar, the fifth member of the Albite-Anorthite solid solution series. Bytownite is rare, and normally occurs in small grains in lime-rich igneous rocks. Clear pale yellow crystals have come from Mexico and Oregon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of feldspar from Bytown (now Ottawa), Canada, intermediate between anorthite and labradorite.


Bytown +‎ -ite, named for the type locality in Bytown, Canada, but this locality was later discredited. The name, however, was kept. (Wiktionary)


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