• WordNet 3.6
    • n chrysoberyl a rare hard yellow green mineral consisting of beryllium aluminate in crystal form; used as a gemstone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chrysoberyl (Min) A mineral, found in crystals, of a yellow to green or brown color, and consisting of aluminia and glucina. It is very hard, and is often used as a gem.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chrysoberyl A mineral of a yellowish-green to emerald-green color, sometimes red by transmitted light, an aluminate of glucinum. It is found in rolled pebbles in Brazil and Ceylon; in fine crystals (variety alexandrite) in the Ural; and in granite at Haddam, Connecticut, and elsewhere in the United States. It is next to the sapphire in hardness, and some varieties are employed in jewelry, the kind called cat's-eye, which presents an opalescent play of light, being especially admired. The variety alexandrite, having an emerald-green color by reflected and a columbine-red by transmitted light, is also prized as a gem. Also called cymophane.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chrysoberyl kris′o-ber-il a mineral of various shades of greenish-yellow or gold colour.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. chrysoberyllus, Gr. ; chryso`s gold + beryl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. chrysos, gold, and Beryl.


In literature:

The other was yellowish-green, resembling the chrysoberyls of Brazil.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
Chrysoberyl Ratganga, North Saffragam.
"Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)" by James Emerson Tennent
A flash as of moonlight striking two chrysoberyls took the madness out of her mind.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
The true chrysoberyl cat's-eye also has a somewhat similar fibrous or perhaps tubular structure.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
In chrysoberyl, however, the beryllium exists as an aluminate, having the formula BeAl2O4, or BeO.Al2O3.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Cymophane, or chatoyant chrysoberyl, may also be asteriated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
Chrysoberyls have been found in New South Wales; spinel rubies in New South Wales and Victoria; and white topaz in all the states.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
Then follows the topaz, which, with spinel and chrysoberyl, has a hardness of 8; whilst quartz falls a degree lower.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5" by Various