Share this entry

Share this page

garnet

Line breaks: gar¦net
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɑːnɪt
 
/

Definition of garnet in English:

noun

1A precious stone consisting of a deep red vitreous silicate mineral: [as modifier]: a garnet ring
More example sentences
  • Those little red garnets you see in stores are usually pyrope garnets and green garnets are usually grossularite/grossular.
  • Think of semi-precious stones such as garnets, topaz, amethyst, aquamarine as much for their range of hues as for the way they hold the light, infusing it with shimmering color.
  • Again, it is assumed that readers know aquamarine is beryl, amethyst is quartz, and Iceland spar is calcite but cannot grapple with the complexity of remembering that spessartine and grossular are garnets.
1.1 [mass noun] Mineralogy Any of a class of silicate minerals including this, which belong to the cubic system and have the general chemical formula A3B2(SiO4)3 (A and B being respectively divalent and trivalent metals).
Example sentences
  • Early attempts applying the Sm-Nd isotope system to garnet and clinopyroxene were encouraging and often yielded dates considered as representing near-peak P-T conditions.
  • Coexisting MI phases in these rocks include garnet, plagioclase, quartz, tourmaline and fluorite.
  • At the B-Q claims, beryl occurs with dark red garnet, smoky quartz, and black tourmaline in miarolitic cavities in a granite pegmatite dykes that cuts across the foliation of a high-grade metamorphic gneiss.

Origin

Middle English: probably via Middle Dutch from Old French grenat, from medieval Latin granatus, perhaps from granatum (see pomegranate), because the garnet is similar in colour to the pulp of the fruit.

Words that rhyme with garnet

Barnet

Definition of garnet in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day snarf
Pronunciation: snɑːf
verb
eat or drink quickly or greedily