Definition of chrysoberyl in English:

chrysoberyl

Line breaks: chryso|beryl
Pronunciation: /ˌkrɪsə(ʊ)ˈbɛrɪl
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A greenish or yellowish-green oxide of beryllium and aluminium which occurs as tabular crystals, sometimes of gem quality.
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    • Beryllium, another valuable metal associated with the deposits, occurs in a wide variety of minerals, including beryl, chrysoberyl, helvite, phenakite, bavenite, and others.
    • A fine greenish-yellow chrysoberyl is currently being found in the gem gravels of the Songea / Tunduru region.
    • Alexandrite, an amazing variety of chrysoberyl, changes color in different types of light.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin chrysoberyllus, from Greek khrusos 'gold' + bērullos 'beryl'.

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