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semiprecious

[ sem-ee-presh-uhs, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm iˈprɛʃ əs, ˌsɛm aɪ- /
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adjective

(of a stone) having commercial value as a gem but not classified as precious, as the amethyst or garnet.

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Origin of semiprecious

First recorded in 1885–90; semi- + precious
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British Dictionary definitions for semiprecious

semiprecious
/ (ˌsɛmɪˈprɛʃəs) /

adjective

(of certain stones) having commercial value, but less than a precious stone
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