- a black oxide mineral, FeAl2O4, of the spinel group.
Origin of hercynite
< German Hercynit (1839), equivalent to Latin Hercyn(ia silva) the Hercynian Forest (referring to the Erz Mountains and other wooded ranges N of the Danube) + German -it -ite1
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Some of the alumina and iron oxide may occasionally be chemically combined, so as to form an iron spinel, or hercynite.