Definition of emerald in English:

emerald

Syllabification: em·er·ald
Pronunciation: /ˈem(ə)rəld
 
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noun

1A bright green precious stone consisting of a chromium-rich variety of beryl.
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  • The shining diamonds, rubies, emeralds, peridots, topaz, sapphires have now acquired a special status for the wearer.
  • The blue-silver metal was cast in an ornate fashion, and white diamonds spotted with emeralds, beryls and emeralds crusted the edges of the metal.
  • Synthetic ruby, sapphire, spinel, emerald, opal, and turquoise are commonly encountered, but synthesis of diamond for gem cutting has so far been very limited.
2A bright green color like that of an emerald: [as modifier]: the leaves are emerald green
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  • The bodice was plain, starched white, while the skirt itself a deep emerald.
  • The necklace she wore around her neck glowed a deep emerald as he did so.
  • The beautiful emeralds of the South American rainforests became a warm blue.
3A small hummingbird with bright metallic green plumage and darker wings and tail, found mainly in the area of the Caribbean and Central America.
  • Three genera, in particular Chlorostilbon and Amazilia, family Trochilidae: numerous species

adjective

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Bright green in color: beyond the airport lay emerald hills
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  • To the south, past the tiny level valley the group was in, was an ocean of rolling emerald hills, as far as anyone could see.
  • She was holding her dad's hand as they all walked down the dirt road alongside pastures of emerald hills.
  • The emerald hills of South America appear lived-in and intimate.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French e(s)meraud, ultimately via Latin from Greek (s)maragdos, via Prakrit from Semitic (compare with Hebrew bāreqeṯ, from bāraq 'flash, sparkle').

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