Definition of beryl in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈberəl/


A transparent pale green, blue, or yellow mineral consisting of a silicate of beryllium and aluminum, sometimes used as a gemstone.
Example sentences
  • Emerald, a green transparent variety of beryl, was one of the most highly prized gemstones in antiquity.
  • Lepidolite, beryl, tantalite, quartz crystals, and altered and unaltered petalite are some of the minerals that can be found in this district.
  • Egypt was probably the only source of emerald and other green beryl for the ancient civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean region.


Middle English: from Old French beril, via Latin from Greek bērullos.

Words that rhyme with beryl

Cheryl, chrysoberyl, imperil, Merrill, peril, Sheryl

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Syllabification: ber·yl

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