- 1A precious stone consisting of a violet or purple variety of quartz: a delicate necklace of amethysts and pearls [as modifier]: amethyst earringsMore example sentences
- Quartz is colourless when pure but minute amounts of impurities or lattice imperfections give rise to varieties such as amethyst, cairngorm, rose quartz, and smoky quartz.
- In the same case are several amethysts (the purple variety of quartz) of an amazingly rich violet color.
- A fine-colored amethyst, the purple variety of quartz, is also mined here.
- 1.1A violet or purple colour: [as modifier]: an amethyst dressMore example sentences
- His eyes were narrow, the colour of amethyst, surrounded by heavy dark lashes.
- This season's purple make-up hues are equally exhilarating: intense amethyst, fig and crushed mulberry, to name a few.
- In Australia, three base colours were used to make carnival glass: clear, aqua and dark amethyst.
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- A specimen in the collection of one of the authors consists of an aesthetic group of slightly amethystine stubby quartz scepters with rhodochrosite on marmatite.
- They either ‘stand alone’ or on a matrix of milky to slightly amethystine quartz crystals.
- Small, tan to brown, 2-5 - mm calcite crystals are also associated with milky to slightly amethystine quartz crystals.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethustos 'not drunken' (because the stone was believed to prevent intoxication).
More definitions of amethystDefinition of amethyst in:
- The US English dictionary