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margarite

[mahr-guh-rahyt]
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noun
  1. Mineralogy.
    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.
  2. Obsolete. a pearl.
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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
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Related Words

seed, jewel, nacre, margarite

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Historical Examples

  • Margarite did the honors in a state of dazed incomprehension.

    Just Patty

    Jean Webster

  • Margarite receives the letter and reads it with a contemptuous laugh.

  • Yet he believed that what was told pertained to men of Margarite, not to that cavalier himself.

    1492

    Mary Johnston

  • They gave us many little bags of margarite and pulverized galena, with which they rub the face.

  • In default of these, all the daughters together, Margarite and Charlotte Stiles, or their issue.


British Dictionary definitions for margarite

margarite

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

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

n.

"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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