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  1. smoky quartz.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Elinor Glyn

  • As it is I am going to make Cairngorm do something for Terwilliger this summer.

British Dictionary definitions for cairngorm


  1. a smoky yellow, grey, or brown variety of quartz, used as a gemstoneAlso called: smoky quartz
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Word Origin

C18: from Cairn Gorm (literally: blue cairn), mountain in Scotland where it is found
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