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birthstone

[burth-stohn]
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noun
  1. a precious or semiprecious stone traditionally associated with a particular month or sign of the zodiac and believed to attract good fortune.

Origin of birthstone

First recorded in 1905–10; birth + stone
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Examples from the Web for birthstone

Historical Examples

  • Garnet has long been the birthstone of the month of January.

    Birds and Nature Vol. 11 No. 4 [April 1902]

    Various

  • Florence half sighed as she added, “That bracelet with my birthstone and the tiny diamonds was so attractive.”


British Dictionary definitions for birthstone

birthstone

noun
  1. a precious or semiprecious stone associated with a month or sign of the zodiac and thought to bring luck if worn by a person born in that month or under that sign
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for birthstone

n.

1874, from birth (n.) + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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