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  • noun mineralogy An orthorhombic-disphenoidal white mineral containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.

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  • Organic mineral described from fossilized roots of spruce found in a swamp in Bavaria. Occurs as disphenoidal crystals. The name recognizes a Turkish journalist interested in the sciences, Refik-Bey. Though originally described from specimens in Bavaria, the type locality of this mineral is Montorio al Vomano, Teramo Province, Abruzzo, Italy.

    June 10, 2010