[ si-treen, -trahyn, -trin, si-treen ]
/ ˈsɪ trin, -traɪn, -trɪn, sɪˈtrin /


pale-yellow; lemon-colored.


a translucent, yellow variety of quartz, often sold as topaz; false topaz; topaz quartz.

Origin of citrine

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see citrus, -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for citrine

/ (ˈsɪtrɪn) /


a brownish-yellow variety of quartz: a gemstone; false topaz
  1. the yellow colour of a lemon
  2. (as modifier)citrine hair
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Science definitions for citrine

[ sĭ-trēn, sĭtrēn′ ]

A pale-yellow variety of crystalline quartz resembling topaz. The coloring is caused by the presence of a small amount of iron in the crystal structure.
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