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aquamarine

[ ak-wuh-muh-reen, ah-kwuh- ]
/ ˌæk wə məˈrin, ˌɑ kwə- /
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noun

a transparent, light-blue or greenish-blue variety of beryl, used as a gem.
light blue-green or greenish blue.

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Origin of aquamarine

First recorded in 1590–1600, aquamarine is from Latin aqua marīna “sea water” (named from its color). See aqua, marine
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What does aquamarine mean?

Aquamarine is a light-blue or greenish-blue transparent gemstone.

It is a variety of the mineral beryl. The color of aquamarine can resemble pale blue or blue-green sea water—which is what gives it its name. The word aquamarine is also used to refer to such a color, as in The beautiful aquamarine dress stood out among the other muted tones.

Aquamarine is considered a semiprecious gemstone, which is a label applied to a class of gems that have a commercial value that’s less than that of stones labeled precious, such as diamonds.

Aquamarine is one of the birthstones for the month of March, the other being bloodstone. It is associated with the zodiac sign Pisces.

Example: My girlfriend bought me a beautiful aquamarine ring as a way to remember our time snorkeling in the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean.

Where does aquamarine come from?

The first records of the word aquamarine come from the 1590s. It comes from the Latin aqua marīna, meaning “sea water.”

Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, which is a mineral composed of beryllium aluminum silicate. It’s found in coarse granites and igneous rocks, which results in the formation of large, clear crystals. Emerald is also a variety of beryl, but it is considered a precious gem.

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How is aquamarine used in real life?

Most people know aquamarine as the sea-colored gemstone that’s used as a birthstone for March. The word can also be used to describe things with such a color.

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British Dictionary definitions for aquamarine

aquamarine
/ (ˌækwəməˈriːn) /

noun

a pale greenish-blue transparent variety of beryl used as a gemstone
  1. a pale blue to greenish-blue colour
  2. (as adjective)an aquamarine dress

Word Origin for aquamarine

C19: from New Latin aqua marīna, from Latin: sea water (referring to the gem's colour)
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