Definition of amethyst in English:

amethyst

Line breaks: ameth|yst
Pronunciation: /ˈaməθɪst
 
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noun

1A precious stone consisting of a violet or purple variety of quartz: a delicate necklace of amethysts and pearls [as modifier]: amethyst earrings
More 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 dress
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethustos 'not drunken' (because the stone was believed to prevent intoxication).

Derivatives

amethystine

Pronunciation: /-ˈθɪstiːn/
adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

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