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[ber-uh l] /ˈbɛr əl/
a mineral, beryllium aluminum silicate, Be 3 Al 2 Si 6 O 18 , usually green, but also blue, rose, white, and golden, and both opaque and transparent, the latter variety including the gems emerald and aquamarine: the principal ore of beryllium.
Origin of beryl
1275-1325; Middle English beril (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin bērillus, Latin bēryllus < Greek bḗryllos
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[ber-uh-lin, -lahyn] /ˈbɛr ə lɪn, -ˌlaɪn/ (Show IPA),


[ber-il] /ˈbɛr ɪl/
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • She had even been interested in beryl because she had noted in her certain traits which had once been predominant in herself.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • She was clinging to beryl so by this time as if she felt safe.

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • beryl whispered to herself as she followed Robin's guardian out into the sunshine of the street.

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott
  • And there was a very pretty brush and comb put out for us—beryl's own.

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • Had she only known whether beryl was safe, her mind would have been quite at rest.

    The Village of Youth Bessie Hatton
  • It didn't seem half so frightening with only Mrs. Wylie and beryl.

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • And from beryl, inasmuch as that young lady affected a stoical indifference to the holiday, she could get little sympathy.

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott
  • "Why, because they might be able to make it," beryl spoke up.

    Martians Never Die Lucius Daniel
  • I wanted beryl on earth, as I knew her, a merry laughing sister.

British Dictionary definitions for beryl


a white, blue, yellow, green, or pink mineral, found in coarse granites and igneous rocks. It is a source of beryllium and is sometimes used as a gemstone; the green variety is emerald, the blue is aquamarine. Composition: beryllium aluminium silicate. Formula: Be3Al2Si6O18. Crystal structure: hexagonal
Derived Forms
beryline, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin bēryllus, from Greek bērullos, of Indic origin
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Word Origin and History for beryl

hard, lustrous mineral, c.1300, from Old French beryl (12c., Modern French béryl), from Latin beryllus, from Greek beryllos, perhaps from Prakrit veruliya, from Sanskrit vaidurya-, of Dravidian origin, perhaps from the city of Velur (modern Belur) in southern India.

Medieval Latin berillus also was applied to any precious stone of a pale green color, to fine crystal, and to eyeglasses (the first spectacle lenses may have been made of beryl), hence German Brille "spectacles," from Middle High German berille "beryl," and French besicles (plural) "spectacles," altered 14c. from Old French bericle.

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beryl in Science
A usually green or bluish-green hexagonal mineral occurring as transparent to translucent prisms in igneous and metamorphic rocks. Transparent varieties, such as emeralds and aquamarine, are valued as gems. Beryl is the main source of the element beryllium. Chemical formula: Be3Al2Si6O18.
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