Extremely hard aluminum oxide, used as an abrasive. Ruby and sapphire are varieties of corundum.
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- Although blue corundum, zircon, and tourmaline occur in Colorado, they are not known to produce gems.
- Red gem-quality corundum is known as ruby; all other colors of gem corundum are referred to as sapphire, with a prefix denoting the color of the stone.
- Several Colorado gem minerals (lazurite and the state's minor occurrences of corundum and cordierite) form in metamorphic rocks.
early 18th century: from Tamil kuruntam and Telugu kuruvindam.
Definition of corundum in:
- The British & World English dictionary