amethyst


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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
References in classic literature ?
With anxiety I watched his eye rove over the gay stores: he fixed on a rich silk of the most brilliant amethyst dye, and a superb pink satin.
His eyes deepened into amethyst, and across them came a mist of tears.
The low westering sun shone right on the shoulders of the old Binton Hills, turning the unconscious sheep into bright spots of light; shone on the windows of the cottage too, and made them a-flame with a glory beyond that of amber or amethyst.
Therefore, to put an end to his look of an inquisitor which it was necessary to get rid of at all events, as, at any price, a general extinguishes a battery which annoys him, Aramis stretched forth his beautiful white hand, upon which sparkled the amethyst of the pastoral ring; he cut the air with sign of the cross, and poured out his benediction upon his two friends.
She is extremely perfect; she is as hard and clear-cut as some little figure of a sea-nymph in an antique intaglio, and I will warrant that she has not a grain more of sentiment or heart than if she was scooped out of a big amethyst.
He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in the centre of the lid.
Marilla wore her amethyst brooch to church that day as usual.
The white harbor put on soft grays and pinks; the far-away hills turned amethyst.
Some of these masses showed green veins, as if long undulating lines had been traced with sulphate of copper; others resembled enormous amethysts with the light shining through them.
It was no great collection, but a few of the ornaments were really of remarkable beauty, the finest that was obvious at first being a necklace of purple amethysts set in exquisite gold work, and a pearl cross with five brilliants in it.
There are other jewels used in the decorations inside the houses and palaces, such as rubies, diamonds, sapphires, amethysts and turquoises.
As he carefully chose those rings set with sparkling stones, such as rubies, amethysts and sapphires, the Scarecrow's hands now presented a most brilliant appearance.