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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.]
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(Minerals) a variant spelling of hessonite
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(ˈɛs əˌnaɪt)

a variety of grossularite garnet.
[1810–20; < French < Greek hḗssōn less, inferior + French -ite -ite1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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