Origin of cairngorm
1785–95; short for Cairngorm stone, i.e., stone from Cairngorm Mountains
Also called Cairngorm stone.
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Examples from the Web for cairngorm
I am sending you a cairngorm brooch with diamonds, and hope you will like it.A Bachelor Husband
Ruby M. Ayres
They are also met with in the granitic detritus of Cairngorm in Aberdeenshire.
My father was a rubber—a massage man for the Earl of Cairngorm.
Lady Katherine, even, has sent me a cairngorm brooch and a cordial letter.Red Hair
As it is I am going to make Cairngorm do something for Terwilliger this summer.
- a smoky yellow, grey, or brown variety of quartz, used as a gemstoneAlso called: smoky quartz
C18: from Cairn Gorm (literally: blue cairn), mountain in Scotland where it is found