[ mahr-guh-rahyt ]
/ ˈmɑr gəˌraɪt /


  1. a gray, pink, or yellow mica, occurring in brittle monoclinic crystals.
  2. an aggregate of small, rudimentary crystals resembling minute globules in a row: found in glassy volcanic rocks.
Obsolete. a pearl.


Origin of margarite

before 1000; Middle English, Old English: pearl < Latin margarīta < Greek margarī́tēs, perhaps < Iranian (compare Pahlavi marvārīt pearl), with final element conformed to Greek -ītēs -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for margarite


/ (ˈmɑːɡəˌraɪt) /


a pink pearly micaceous mineral consisting of hydrated calcium aluminium silicate. Formula: CaAl 4 Si 2 O 10 (OH) 2
an aggregate of minute beadlike masses occurring in some glassy igneous rocks

Word Origin for margarite

C19: via German from Greek margaron pearl
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Word Origin and History for margarite



"a pearl," late Old English, from Late Latin margarita (see Margaret). Figuratively, "that which is precious or excellent, a priceless quality or attribute;" also used as an epithet for Christ, Mary, etc., late 13c. Also margerie (mid-14c.).

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