emerald

[ em-er-uh ld, em-ruh ld ]
/ ˈɛm ər əld, ˈɛm rəld /

noun

a rare variety of beryl that is colored green by chromium and valued as a gem.
Printing. (in Britain) a 6½-point type of a size between nonpareil and minion.
Ornithology. any of numerous small bright green hummingbirds of the genus Chlorostilbon.

adjective

having a clear, deep-green color.

Origin of emerald

1250–1300; Middle English emeraude, emeralde < Anglo-French, Old French esmeraude, esmeralde, esmeragde < Latin smaragdus < Greek smáragdos; probably ultimately < Semitic b-r-q shine (≫ Sanskrit marāk(a)la emerald)
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British Dictionary definitions for emerald

emerald

/ (ˈɛmərəld, ˈɛmrəld) /

noun

a green transparent variety of beryl: highly valued as a gem
  1. the clear green colour of an emerald
  2. (as adjective)an emerald carpet
(formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 6 1/2 point
short for emerald moth

Word Origin for emerald

C13: from Old French esmeraude, from Latin smaragdus, from Greek smaragdos; related to Sanskrit marakata emerald
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Science definitions for emerald

emerald

[ ĕmər-əld ]

A transparent, green form of the mineral beryl. It is valued as a gem.

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