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gemstone

[jem-stohn] /ˈdʒɛmˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
a precious or semiprecious stone that can be cut and polished for use as a gem.
Origin of gemstone
1000
before 1000; Middle English gimstone, Old English gimstān. See gem, stone
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  • Articles on gemstone localities, identification, and history.

  • On its highest hill stood a vision of marble and gold–a fortress in gemstone–the Temple.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
British Dictionary definitions for gemstone

gemstone

/ˈdʒɛmˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
a precious or semiprecious stone, esp one cut and polished for setting in jewellery related adjective lapidary
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Word Origin and History for gemstone
n.

Old English gimstan; see gem + stone (n.).

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