amethyst

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj amethyst of a moderate purple color
    • n amethyst a transparent purple variety of quartz; used as a gemstone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Amethyst (Her) A purple color in a nobleman's escutcheon, or coat of arms.
    • Amethyst (Min) A variety of crystallized quartz, of a purple or bluish violet color, of different shades. It is much used as a jeweler's stone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amethyst A violet-blue or purple variety of quartz, the color being perhaps due to the presence of peroxid of iron. It generally occurs crystallized in six-sided prisms or pyramids; also in rolled fragments, composed of imperfect prismatic crystals. Its fracture is conchoidal or splintery. It is wrought into various articles of jewelry. The finest amethysts come from India, Ceylon, and Brazil.
    • n amethyst In heraldry, the color purple when described in blazoning a nobleman's escutcheon. See tincture.
    • n amethyst The name of a humming-bird, Calliphlox amethystina.
    • n amethyst A trade-name for certain artificial dyes of the azine class, as tetramethyl safranine and tetra-amyl safranine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amethyst a′meth-ist a bluish-violet variety of quartz of which drinking cups used to be made, which the ancients supposed prevented drunkenness
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ametiste, amatiste, F. améthyste, L. amethystus, fr. Gr. without drunkenness; as a noun, a remedy for drunkenness, the amethyst, supposed to have this power; 'a priv. + to be drunken, strong drink, wine. See Mead
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. amethystosa, neg., methy-ein, to be drunken—methū, wine, cog. with Eng. mead, Sans. madhu, sweet.

Usage

In literature:

Above the black pines of Arrow Hill a great round moon hung in the amethyst skies.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Lake Algonquin lay before her in its evening glory, a glory veiled and softened by the amethyst veil the autumn was weaving.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
But the Frenchman with the gold glasses and the big amethyst ring upon his finger merely laughed, and refused to satisfy me.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
The diamond, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, topaz, and ruby sparkle among crowds of stars of more sombre hue.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
The Lights were playing low in the north, weaving together in a tangle of green and ruby and amethyst.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
The water of the lake was like molten jewels, ruby and amethyst.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
A streak of rose glowed in the east behind the amethyst peaks.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Here's a lovely amethyst shell.
"The Girl Scouts at Sea Crest" by Lillian Garis
Looking into shrubs of coral, or jade, or amethyst, Chris found no nests, and shook his head.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Amethysts may be worn with the grays.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
But the twins strayed away, and before they were found the amethyst mists of the autumn evening were filling the valley.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
Sometimes of a bright amethyst but usually of a reddish brown.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
She has small eyes, the color of amethysts.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
It was at least three feet across and of a shimmering amethyst color.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The throne stood upon a dais, and was inlaid with pure gold, and set with large amethysts.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
The lip amethyst, veined with rose and frilled; throat golden.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
An amethyst gleamed on each shoe.
"The Medici Boots" by Pearl Norton Swet
And the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
And do you go over to Lucca, and raise me a few Naps on my 'rose-amethyst' ring.
"One Of Them" by Charles James Lever
In O. F. violet-red while hot, amethyst-red when cold.
"The Elements of Blowpipe Analysis" by Frederick Hutton Getman
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In poetry:

My violet,
More white than well-bleached linen, you have kissed:
Her white she must forget
In amethyst.
"Mischief To A Bee" by Mary Webb
And your eyes, they were green and grey
Like an April day,
But lit into amethyst
When I stooped and kissed;
"Roses and Rue" by Oscar Wilde
Out of the mist off Galway shore,
Out of the morning mist,
Rose the island of Hy Brasail
With its crags of amethyst;
"The Isle Of Doom" by Clinton Scollard
A wingëd rocket, curving through
An amethyst trajectory,
Blew up the magazines of dew
Within the fortress of the bee.
"The Assault (Amazilia cerviniventris)" by Maurice Thompson
Crags of purple and amethyst,
And meads of gleaming green,
Rose the island of Hy Brasail
With a shimmer of sea between.
"The Isle Of Doom" by Clinton Scollard
While miles of tender pink and gold
Incrust the blue of space,
And bands of amethyst enfold
Each mountain's massive base.
"The Mountains Of Meran At Sunrise" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

C-Block: Amethyst Ball Oct 6.
Marx mixes fantasy, SciFi for ' Amethyst ' reboot.
Four Peaks Amethyst Mine holds the distinction of being both the last commercial amethyst mine in North America and one of the most inaccessible.
Come along as we explore Canada's largest amethyst mine where you can collect as many precious stones as you like at a rock bottom price.
Virginia schools' stance on the Amethyst Initiative.
Why I signed on to Amethyst .
Necklace, 14 Karat Yellow Gold with Amethyst by Bernd Munsteiner.
Historically, stones such as diamonds, rubies, and emeralds have been categorized as precious, while jade, topaz, and amethyst are classified semi-precious.
Colchicums are magical, their vase-shaped amethyst, white or pinkish-lavender flowers emerge seemingly from nowhere in September or October.
At the new Gloss Day Spa on the Upper East Side, an amethyst the size of a large avocado has taken the place of the usual hot lava stone.
Xennia Technology Ltd. Xennia Technology Ltd (www.xennia.com) bills its new XenInx Amethyst as a high-quality reactive -dye ink that offers color saturation and washfastness to digital textile printing.
MindGear Labs is located at 8331 Madison Blvd (Amethyst Holmes/ aholmes@al.com).
When you need to stock up on amethyst, aragonite, or aventurine (don't we all?
Amethyst on 14-karat gold necklace chain ($1,970), from StyledLife.
But Amethyst turned out to ...
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