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citrine

[si-treen, -trahyn, -trin, si-treen]
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adjective
  1. pale-yellow; lemon-colored.
noun
  1. a translucent, yellow variety of quartz, often sold as topaz; false topaz; topaz quartz.

Origin of citrine

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see citrus, -ine1
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Examples from the Web for citrine

Historical Examples

  • Tertiary Colours are three only, citrine, russet, and olive.

    Field's Chromatography

    George Field

  • Cold greens contrast with purple and harmonize with citrine.

    Social Life</p>

    Maud C. Cooke

  • Warm greens contrast with purple and harmonize with citrine.

    Social Life</p>

    Maud C. Cooke

  • The third circle shows how slate, citrine and russet are made.

    Color Value

    C. R. Clifford

  • The citrine and the plum, however, are approximate contrasts.

    Color Value

    C. R. Clifford


British Dictionary definitions for citrine

citrine

noun
  1. a brownish-yellow variety of quartz: a gemstone; false topaz
    1. the yellow colour of a lemon
    2. (as modifier)citrine hair
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 citrine

adj.

lemon-colored, late 14c., from French citrin, from Latin citrus (see citrus). From 1879 as a color name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

citrine in Science

citrine

[sĭ-trēn, sĭtrēn′]
  1. A pale-yellow variety of crystalline quartz resembling topaz. The coloring is caused by the presence of a small amount of iron in the crystal structure.
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