Origin of cairngorm

1785–95; short for Cairngorm stone, i.e., stone from Cairngorm Mountains
Also called Cairngorm stone. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for cairngorm

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