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A lustrous colored reflection from certain planes in a mineral grain.

[German, iridescence, from Middle High German schilher, iridescent taffeta, from schilhen, to twinkle, squint, from Old High German scilihen, to squint, wink.]
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(Minerals) an unusual iridescent or metallic lustre in some minerals caused by internal reflection from certain inclusions such as gas cavities or mineral intergrowths. Formula: NaFe3B3Al3(Al3Si6O27)(OH)4
[C19: from German Schiller iridescence, from Old High German scilihen to blink]


(German ˈʃɪlər)
(Biography) Johann Christoph Friedrich von (joˈhan ˈkrɪstɔf ˈfriːdrɪç fɔn). 1759–1805, German poet, dramatist, historian, and critic. His concern with the ideal freedom of the human spirit to rise above the constraints placed upon it is reflected in his great trilogy Wallenstein (1800) and in Maria Stuart (1800)
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(ˈʃɪl ər)

a bronzelike luster, sometimes with iridescence, occurring on certain minerals.
[1795–1805; < German: play of colors, glitter]


(ˈʃɪl ər)

Johann Christoph Friedrich von, 1759–1805, German poet, playwright, and historian.
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I did not give up trying to read, as usual, and part of my endeavor that winter was with Schiller, and Uhland, and even Goethe, whose 'Wahlverwandschaften,' hardly yielded up its mystery to me.
The time came at last, and now this grand remembrancer bears Schiller's name in huge letters upon its face.
Hear and obey: --You will immediately remove every trace of your offensive work from the Schiller monument; you pay a fine of ten thousand francs; you will suffer two years' imprisonment at hard labor; you will then be horsewhipped, tarred and feathered, deprived of your ears, ridden on a rail to the confines of the canton, and banished forever.
At times Coleridge did newspaper work, at which he might have succeeded; in 1800, in a burst of energy, he translated Schiller's tragedy 'Wallenstein' into English blank verse, a translation which in the opinion of most critics surpasses the original; and down to
Here is Schiller's Mary Stuart and a tutor who loves to teach." And Mr.
It immediately struck me I had somewhere seen his likeness: it will be found in Retzch's outlines to Schiller's ballad of Fridolin, where two men are pushing Robert into the burning iron furnace.
French and German works predominated, the old French dramatists, sundry modern authors, Thiers, Villemain, Paul de Kock, George Sand, Eugene Sue; in German--Goethe, Schiller, Zschokke, Jean Paul Richter; in English there were works on Political Economy.
One evening, while, with her usual child-like activity, and thoughtless yet not offensive inquisitiveness, she was rummaging the cupboard and the table-drawer of my little kitchen, she discovered first two French books, a volume of Schiller, a German grammar and dictionary, and then my drawing-materials and some sketches, including a pencil-head of a pretty little cherub-like girl, one of my scholars, and sundry views from nature, taken in the Vale of Morton and on the surrounding moors.
Schiller, was one of the three founders of pragmatism.
The authority of the name of Schiller is too great for his books.
At my being such a Schiller? I bet you're imagining that I am trying to get round you by flattery.
Pharmaceutical company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (NYSE:VRX) (TSX:VRX) revealed on Tuesday the appointment of Howard Schiller to its board of directors.