[ ber-uhl ]
/ ˈbɛr əl /
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a mineral, beryllium aluminum silicate, Be3Al2Si6O18, usually green, but also blue, rose, white, and golden, and both opaque and transparent, the latter variety including the gems emerald and aquamarine: the principal ore of beryllium.
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Origin of beryl

1275–1325; Middle English beril (<Anglo-French ) <Late Latin bērillus,Latin bēryllus<Greek bḗryllos


ber·yl·ine [ber-uh-lin, -lahyn], /ˈbɛr ə lɪn, -ˌlaɪn/, adjective

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[ ber-il ]
/ ˈbɛr ɪl /

a female given name.
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What does beryl mean?

Beryl is a mineral whose transparent varieties are used as gemstones. Both emerald and aquamarine are varieties of beryl.

Beryl gems occur in a variety of colors, including green (emerald), green-blue (aquamarine), yellow (heliodor), and pink (morganite).

Beryl is sometimes considered an alternate birthstone for the month of November, and it is associated with the zodiac sign Scorpio.

Beryl is the main source of the element beryllium, which is used to make alloys.

Example: The most popular form of beryl is the radiant emerald.

Where does beryl come from?

The first records of the word beryl come from around 1300. It comes via the Middle English beril, from the Latin bēryllus, from the Greek bḗryllos. It is ultimately of Indic origin.

In terms of mineral composition, beryl is a beryllium aluminum silicate. It is found in both igneous and metamorphic rocks. Pure beryl is colorless—it’s color is determined by the presence of certain impurities. For example, the variety of beryl that we know as the emerald includes chromium, giving it a brilliant green coloring.

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  • beryline (adjective)

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How is beryl used in real life?

Varieties of beryl include the well-known gems emerald and aquamarine. Beryl is also the main source of the element beryllium.



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British Dictionary definitions for beryl

/ (ˈbɛrɪl) /

a white, blue, yellow, green, or pink mineral, found in coarse granites and igneous rocks. It is a source of beryllium and is sometimes used as a gemstone; the green variety is emerald, the blue is aquamarine. Composition: beryllium aluminium silicate. Formula: Be 3 Al 2 Si 6 O 18 . Crystal structure: hexagonal

Derived forms of beryl

beryline, adjective

Word Origin for beryl

C13: from Old French, from Latin bēryllus, from Greek bērullos, of Indic origin
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Scientific definitions for beryl

[ bĕrəl ]

A usually green or bluish-green hexagonal mineral occurring as transparent to translucent prisms in igneous and metamorphic rocks. Transparent varieties, such as emeralds and aquamarine, are valued as gems. Beryl is the main source of the element beryllium. Chemical formula: Be3Al2Si6O18.
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