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hessonite

[hes-uh-nahyt]
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noun Mineralogy.
  1. essonite.

Origin of hessonite

< Greek hēsson- (stem of hḗssōn) less, inferior + -ite1
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hessonite

noun
  1. an orange-brown variety of grossularite garnetAlso called: essonite, cinnamon stone

Word Origin

C19: from French, from Greek hēssōn less, inferior + -ite 1; so called because it is less hard than genuine hyacinth
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Word Origin and History for hessonite

n.

1820, from French essonit (1817), from Greek heson "less" + -ite (2). So called because it is lighter than similar minerals.

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