peridot

[ per-i-doh, -dot ]
/ ˈpɛr ɪˌdoʊ, -ˌdɒt /
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noun Mineralogy.

a green transparent variety of olivine, used as a gem.

Nearby words

  1. peridesmium,
  2. perididymis,
  3. perididymitis,
  4. peridium,
  5. peridiverticulitis,
  6. peridot of ceylon,
  7. peridotite,
  8. periduodenitis,
  9. periencephalitis,
  10. perienteritis

Origin of peridot

1300–50; < French péridot; replacing Middle English peritot < Middle French

Related formsper·i·dot·ic [per-i-dot-ik, -doh-tik] /ˌpɛr ɪˈdɒt ɪk, -ˈdoʊ tɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for peridot

peridot

/ (ˈpɛrɪˌdɒt) /

noun

a pale green transparent variety of the olivine chrysolite, used as a gemstone

Word Origin for peridot

C14: from Old French peritot, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for peridot

peridot

n.

type of gemstone, mid-14c. (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French peritot (early 13c., Modern French péridot), of unknown origin.

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