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alexandrite

[ al-ig-zan-drahyt, -zahn- ]
/ ˌæl ɪgˈzæn draɪt, -ˈzɑn- /
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noun Mineralogy.

a variety of chrysoberyl, green by daylight and red-violet by artificial light, used as a gem.

Nearby words

alexandrian, alexandrina, alexandrine, alexandrine rat, alexandrinus, alexandrite, alexandros, alexandroupolis, alexandroúpolis, alexia, alexian

Origin of alexandrite

1830–40; named after Alexander I of Russia; see -ite1
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Examples from the Web for alexandrite

  • Chrysoberyl (alexandrite and also the greenish-yellow chrysoberyl).

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public|Frank Bertram Wade
  • I think I'll send that Alexandrite as a sort of peace offering.

    The Trail of Conflict|Emilie Baker Loring
  • Specimens of the Alexandrite, named after Alexander I., are also to be seen here in beautiful form and clearness.

  • This species furnishes us Alexandrite, chrysoberyl cat's-eye and less valuable chrysoberyls of yellowish-green color.

British Dictionary definitions for alexandrite

alexandrite

/ (ˌælɪɡˈzændraɪt) /

noun

a green variety of chrysoberyl used as a gemstone

Word Origin for alexandrite

C19: named after Alexander I (1777–1825), tsar of Russia (1801–25); see -ite 1
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