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am·e·thyst

 (ăm′ə-thĭst)
n.
1. A purple or violet form of transparent quartz used as a gemstone.
2. A purple variety of corundum used as a gemstone.
3. A moderate purple to grayish reddish purple.

[Middle English amatist, from Old French, from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethustos, not drunk or intoxicating, remedy for intoxication, amethyst : a-, not; see a-1 + methuskein, to intoxicate (from methuein, to be drunk, from methu, wine; see medhu- in Indo-European roots).]

am′e·thys′tine (-thĭs′tĭn, -tīn′) adj.

amethyst

(ˈæmɪθɪst)
n
1. (Minerals) a purple or violet transparent variety of quartz used as a gemstone. Formula: SiO2
2. (Minerals) a purple variety of sapphire; oriental amethyst
3. (Colours) the purple colour of amethyst
[C13: from Old French amatiste, from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethustos, literally: not drunken, from a-1 + methuein to make drunk; referring to the belief that the stone could prevent intoxication]
amethystine adj

am•e•thyst

(ˈæm ə θɪst)

n.
1. a purple or violet quartz, used as a gem.
2. a purplish tint.
adj.
3. having the color of amethyst.
4. containing or set with an amethyst or amethysts: an amethyst brooch.
[1250–1300; Middle English ametist < Anglo-French ametiste < Latin amethystus < Greek améthystos not intoxicating (from a belief that it prevented drunkenness)]
am`e•thys′tine (-tɪn, -taɪn) adj.

am·e·thyst

(ăm′ə-thĭst)
A purple or violet, transparent form of quartz used as a gemstone. The color is caused by the presence of iron compounds in the crystal structure.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amethyst - a transparent purple variety of quartzamethyst - a transparent purple variety of quartz; used as a gemstone
quartz - a hard glossy mineral consisting of silicon dioxide in crystal form; present in most rocks (especially sandstone and granite); yellow sand is quartz with iron oxide impurities
transparent gem - a gemstone having the property of transmitting light without serious diffusion
Adj.1.amethyst - of a moderate purple coloramethyst - of a moderate purple color    
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
Translations
ametüst
ametisti
ametist
amethystus
amethyst
ametist

amethyst

[ˈæmɪθɪst] Namatista f

amethyst

[ˈæməθɪst]
n (= mineral) → améthyste f
modif [bead, ring] → d'améthyste

amethyst

nAmethyst m; (= colour)Amethystblau nt
adj (= amethyst-coloured)amethystfarben; amethyst ringAmethystring m

amethyst

[ˈæmɪθɪst] nametista
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AMETHYST, a purple Quartz, is the stone of peace and is excellent for reducing stress and promoting peaceful sleep.