Origin of amethyst
Examples from the Web for amethyst
Azalea—then Amethyst Kelly—was born in Sydney and moved to Miami when she was 16.Stop Being So Surprised By the Rise of Iggy Azalea|Kevin Fallon|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The pageant of autumn on our hills was 263 over, only an amethyst haze succeeding at sunset time.The Idyl of Twin Fires|Walter Prichard Eaton
It is there described as of onyx or amethyst, wherein was discerned a representation of the flowers that budded on his rod.Finger-Ring Lore|William Jones
She put out her left hand to touch Ruth, and the amethyst ring slipped off, for her fingers were thin.Lavender and Old Lace|Myrtle Reed
Word Origin for amethyst
violet quartz, late 13c., ametist, from Old French ametiste (Modern French améthyste) and directly from Medieval Latin amatistus, from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethystos "amethyst," literally "not intoxicating," from a- "not" + methyskein "make drunk," from methys "wine" (see mead (n.1)); based on the stone's ancient reputation for preventing drunkenness, which was perhaps sympathetic magic suggested by its wine-like color. People wore rings made of it before drinking. Spelling restored from Middle English ametist.