briolette

[ bree-uh-let; French bree-aw-let ]

noun,plural bri·o·lettes [bree-uh-lets; French bree-aw-let]. /ˌbri əˈlɛts; French bri ɔˈlɛt/.
  1. any pear-shaped gem having its entire surface cut with triangular facets.

Origin of briolette

1
1860–65; <French, variant of brillolette, itself alteration (by association with brillant diamond) of brignolette literally, little dried plum (facetious coinage), equivalent to brignole (after Brignoles in Provence, where the plums are dried) + -ette-ette

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British Dictionary definitions for briolette

briolette

/ (ˌbriːəʊˈlɛt) /


noun
  1. a pear-shaped gem cut with long triangular facets

Origin of briolette

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C19: from French, alteration of brillolette, from brignolette little dried plum, after Brignoles, France, where these plums are produced

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