amethystine


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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.
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Adj.1.amethystine - containing or resembling amethystamethystine - containing or resembling amethyst  
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For the last three or four miles the road ran along the extreme precipitous verge of cliffs that sloped, a giant's wall of grassy mountain, right away down to a dreamy amethystine floor of sea, miles and miles, as it seemed, below.
UV spectrums obtained from fungus samples after the completion of the reactions showed that the amethystine solution of Phoma macrostoma fungus and rhizopus fungus formed strong attraction bonds in various wavelengths.
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