• WordNet 3.6
    • n beryl the chief source of beryllium; colored transparent varieties are valued as gems
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Beryl bĕr"ĭl (Min) A mineral of great hardness, and, when transparent, of much beauty. It occurs in hexagonal prisms, commonly of a green or bluish green color, but also yellow, pink, and white. It is a silicate of aluminum and beryllium. The aquamarine is a transparent, sea-green variety used as a gem. The emerald is another variety highly prized in jewelry, and distinguished by its deep color, which is probably due to the presence of a little oxide of chromium.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beryl A colorless, bluish, pinkish, yellow, or more commonly green mineral, occurring in hexagonal prisms. The precious emerald is a variety which owes its beauty of color to the presence of a small amount of chromium. See emerald. Aquamarine is a pale-green transparent variety, also used as a gem, though not highly prized. Beryl is a silicate of aluminium and beryllium (glucinum). The best beryls are found in Brazil and Ceylon, and in Transbaikalia and elsewhere in Siberia. Beryls occur also in many parts of the United States, especially in the New England States and North Carolina; the latter State has afforded some good emeralds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beryl bėr′il a precious stone resembling the emerald, but colourless, yellowish, greenish yellow or blue—its finer varieties are called precious beryl, and sometimes aquamarine. It has important uses as a magic crystal in which the future becomes visible
    • adj Beryl beryl-like in colour
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. béryl, OF. beril, L. beryllus, Gr. bh`ryllos, prob. fr. Skr. vaiḍūrya,. Cf. Brilliant


In literature:

The crystal is a clear pellucid piece of quartz or beryl, sometimes oval in shape but more generally spherical.
"Second Sight" by Sepharial
Stella, Beryl, Babs and your Blanche are all back in Town, and when we're not taking lessons in nursing we're sewing at flannel.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, September 2nd, 1914" by Various
There were pearls, rubies, diamonds, beryls, emeralds, opals, sapphires, amethysts.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
Her saddle girths were of silk, and on each buckle was a beryl stone.
"Tales From Scottish Ballads" by Elizabeth W. Grierson
Fetch the geology books, Beryl.
"The Manor House School" by Angela Brazil
This Beryl is the Master Beryl of the Earth, which was why Dalis needed this Beryl, and could use no other!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
Muster inside the laboratory, keeping well away from the Master Beryl!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
They all got into the car, Curtis and Beryl on the front seat, with Beryl driving, and Stern and the creature in the rear.
"Martians Never Die" by Lucius Daniel
A beryl is a clear crystal, isn't it?
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
They have eyes like green beryls, and their roar is louder than the roar of the cataract.
"The Happy Prince and Other Tales" by Oscar Wilde

In poetry:

Or did you love the god of flies who plagued
the Hebrews and was splashed
With wine unto the waist? or Pasht, who had
green beryls for her eyes?
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Nor these the only gifts she brings;
Look where the laboring orchard groans,
And yields its beryl-threaded strings
For chestnut burs and hemlock cones.
"The New Eden" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Her girdle is of the beryl-stone,
And one dark rose for her flower has grown,
Filled to the brim with the strength o' the sun,
A passionate rose, and only one.
"Beauty" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
In sparkling foam the beryl-colored river
Laughs in the sunshine between tinted walls;
While on the cliffs the scarlet creepers shiver,
Chilled by the breeze, as sunset's shadow falls.
"Autumn In Meran" by John Lawson Stoddard
When April comes, and tints the hills
With gold and beryl that rejoice,
And from her airy apron spills
The laughter of the winds and rills,
Like your young voice, like your young voice:
"Reed Call For April" by Madison Julius Cawein
And we clomb--and the moon old and sterile
Clomb with us o'er torrent and scar!
And I yearned towards her oceans of beryl,
Wan mountains and cities of spar--
"'Tis not well," that one said, "you're in peril
Of falling and failing your star."
"Musagetes" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

CNN NEWS — As Tropical Storm Beryl came inching closer to the Florida coast, one brave couple raced to get through their vows before it came ashore.
Tropical Storm Beryl brings wind, rain to Florida.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported late Sunday that Beryl was 35 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla.
Tropical Storm Beryl bears down on Memorial Day weekend.
Ain't no sunshine till Beryl 's gone: Tropical Storm Beryl is set to drench parts of Florida and Georgia for.
Tropical Storm Beryl May Make Landfall Tonight in Florida.
Tropical Storm Beryl , the second named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, will make landfall tonight near northeastern Florida, the US National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.
Beryl is close to making landfall in the southeastern US as coastal areas are already starting to feel the impact of heavy rains and strong winds.
Beryl Cut to Tropical Depression, Hurricane Center Says.
Beryl is predicted to turn toward northeastern Florida, the US National Hurricane Center said.
Beryl to bring rain, winds to southeast US coast.
Beryl Olson, 90, of Isanti passed away at home January 7, 2012.
Beryl Louise Olson was born July 31, 1921 in Cass Lake, Minn. To Oliver and Linnie (Guthrie) Gamache.
Beryl married Percy Olson on Dec 27, 1952 in Camden, Minn.
Funeral services for Mrs Beryl Moser, 93 of Spencer will be held at 1 pm Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011, at First Christian Church in Spencer.