garnet

[ gahr-nit ]
/ ˈgɑr nɪt /

noun

any of a group of hard, vitreous minerals, silicates of calcium, magnesium, iron, or manganese with aluminum or iron, varying in color: a deep-red transparent variety is used as a gem and as an abrasive.
a deep-red color.

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Origin of garnet

1275–1325; Middle English garnet, gernate<Old French gernate, grenade<Latin grānātum granular; cf. pomegranate

OTHER WORDS FROM garnet

gar·net·like, adjective

Definition for garnet (2 of 2)

Garnet
[ gahr-nit ]
/ ˈgɑr nɪt /

noun

Henry Highland, 1815–82, U.S. clergyman and abolitionist.
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British Dictionary definitions for garnet (1 of 2)

garnet1
/ (ˈɡɑːnɪt) /

noun

any of a group of hard glassy red, yellow, or green minerals consisting of the silicates of calcium, iron, manganese, chromium, magnesium, and aluminium in cubic crystalline form: used as a gemstone and abrasive. Formula: A 3 B 2 (SiO 4) 3 where A is a divalent metal and B is a trivalent metal

Derived forms of garnet

garnet-like, adjective

Word Origin for garnet

C13: from Old French grenat, from grenat (adj) red, from pome grenate pomegranate

British Dictionary definitions for garnet (2 of 2)

garnet2
/ (ˈɡɑːnɪt) /

noun

nautical a tackle used for lifting cargo

Word Origin for garnet

C15: probably from Middle Dutch garnaat
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Scientific definitions for garnet

garnet
[ gärnĭt ]

Any of several common red, brown, black, green, or yellow minerals having the general chemical formula A3B2SiO8, where A is either calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), or manganese (Mn) and B is either aluminum (Al), manganese, iron, chromium (Cr), or vanadium (V). Garnet crystals are dodecahedral in shape, transparent to semitransparent, and have a vitreous luster. They usually occur in metamorphic rocks but also occur in igneous and sedimentary rocks.
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