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moonstone

[moon-stohn] /ˈmunˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
Also called precious moonstone. a semitransparent or translucent, opalescent, pearly-blue variety of adularia, used as a gem.
2.
any of several adularescent feldspars, as certain varieties of albite, labradorite, or oligoclase, used as gems.
3.
(not used technically) any milky or girasol stone used as a gem.
Origin of moonstone
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; moon + stone
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  • "I am going to read 'The moonstone' out in the garden the whole afternoon," she replied.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • You may discover so much by reading the "moonstone," that monument of ingenuity and absurdity.

    Hieroglyphics Arthur Machen
  • The opal and the moonstone are the gems most often figuring in these tales.

    The Myths and Fables of To-Day

    Samuel Adams Drake
  • She thought her brother the most important man in moonstone.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • She was chiefly known in moonstone for her forbearance with her incorrigible husband.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • Howard Archie was "respected" rather than popular in moonstone.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • Nobody in moonstone ever found what Wunsch's first name was.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • Her hair, moonstone women admitted, would have been very pretty "on anybody else."

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • The wickedness of Denver and of Chicago, and even of moonstone, occupied her thoughts too much.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • There's not one person in moonstone that really lives the way the New Testament says.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for moonstone

moonstone

/ˈmuːnˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
a gem variety of orthoclase or albite that is white and translucent with bluish reflections
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