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 (ĕs′ə-nīt′) also hes·so·nite (hĕs′-)
A brown or yellowish-brown variety of garnet. Also called cinnamon stone.

[French, from Greek hēssōn, inferior (from its being softer than true hyacinth), comparative of ēka, hēka, slightly.]


(Minerals) a variant spelling of hessonite


(ˈɛs əˌnaɪt)

a variety of grossularite garnet.
[1810–20; < French < Greek hḗssōn less, inferior + French -ite -ite1]
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Noun1.essonite - a garnet ranging in color from yellow to brownessonite - a garnet ranging in color from yellow to brown
garnet - any of a group of hard glassy minerals (silicates of various metals) used as gemstones and as an abrasive
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Below this are about 3 feet of c oarse, granular pegmatite (or granite), consisting of crystallized quartz, feldspar, and muscovite mica, with impurities of black tourmaline in fan-shaped crystallizations, and essonite garnets (microscopic), with occasional crystals of biotite mica and hornblende.