Origin of garnet
OTHER WORDS FROM garnetgar·net·like, adjective
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What does garnet mean?
A garnet is a deep-red transparent gemstone.
This is just one type of garnet, which is a type of mineral. Garnet can also be brown, black, green, or yellow, and some kinds are opaque (nontransparent). Still, the name garnet is most popularly associated with the glassy red gemstone, and the word garnet can also be used to refer to a deep-red color.
Garnet gems are traditionally considered semiprecious, which is a label applied to a class of gems that have commercial value but one that is less than that of stones labeled precious. However, garnets can cost much more than some precious stones.
Along with its use in jewelry and other decorative uses, garnet is also used as an abrasive, which is a material used for grinding or polishing. For example, garnet paper is a kind of sandpaper made with crushed garnet.
Example: My mom gave me a necklace with a garnet pendant for my birthday.
Where does garnet come from?
The first records of the word garnet come from around 1300. It comes from the Old French grenat, from grenat, meaning “red,” from pome grenate, referring to the pomegranate. In this phrase, pome means “apple” and grenate means “seedy,” ultimately coming from the Latin grānātum, meaning “granular” or “seedy.” The pomegranate was called a “seedy apple” in reference to its many jewellike seed pods, and the garnet gem is thought to have been named for its resemblance to these, though this isn’t known for certain.
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How is garnet used in real life?
Most people know garnet as the dark red gem that’s the January birthstone.
— Telegraph Luxury (@TelegraphLuxury) January 17, 2015
— Premium Selection (@PremiumSelecti1) February 21, 2021
The traditional #January #birthstone is garnet—a brittle & transparent to sub-transparent #mineral, having a vitreous luster & no cleavage. Many #Wyoming #garnets are purplish-red, yellow-orange, or reddish-brown. #Garnet is used as a semiprecious stone & as an abrasive. #geology pic.twitter.com/cRS6LrfWcP
— WY Geological Survey (@WyGeoSurvey) January 11, 2021
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Garnet is traditionally considered a semiprecious gem.
How to use garnet in a sentence
She travels to what she calls “power places” and brings back tiny fragments from those places to put in every painting or sculpture that calls for them, including copper, silver, turquoise, garnet, prayer ashes, and minute crystal prayer beads.Baltimore’s ‘Visionary’ curator prepares to step down|Ed Gunts|September 23, 2021|Washington Blade
It’s more of a ruby or garnet than a true red, but it’s nice to see someone paint outside the box.
Vermont’s Garnet will contact the state health department and call the individual to recommend a PCR, to make sure the rapid test result was not a false positive.Here’s what you need to know about getting a coronavirus test at the airport|Andrea Sachs|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Even Garnet's gyro wrap is made with McLane farms seasoned lamb.
The Garnet Café, named for Idaho's state gem, really is precious.
Sweet potatoes with orange flesh—Garnet and Jewel types, for example—are too moist.
Before each guest stood a tiny glass that looked and sparkled like a garnet gem.
She could compare it to nothing she had ever seen, and the garnet lights which it emitted were unspeakably rare.
Henry Garnet, provincial of the Jesuits, executed for the gunpowder plot.
Thomas Garnet died; an English physician and chemist, and an author on chemistry, &c.
The new universe which we were entering was made up principally of red, ruby, and garnet suns.Urania|Camille Flammarion