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spessartine Line breaks: spes¦sart|ine
Pronunciation: /ˈspɛsətiːn/

Definition of spessartine in English:


[mass noun]
A form of garnet containing manganese and aluminium, occurring as orange-red to dark brown crystals.
Example sentences
  • Another garnet, a mixture of pyrope and spessartine, is called malaya garnet in the gem trade.
  • There were shops full of green and purple fluorite, ferberite and arsenopyrite, and spessartine and stibnite.
  • It should also be noted that almandine, grossular, and spessartine are the preferred spellings.


Mid 19th century: from French, from Spessart, the name of a district in NW Bavaria, + -ine4.

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