- Mineralogy. a yellow or red manganese-aluminum garnet, used as a semiprecious gem.
Origin of spessartite
1885–90; named after Spessart, a district in Bavaria, where it is found; see -ite1
Also called spes·sart·ine [spes-er-teen, -tin] /ˈspɛs ərˌtin, -tɪn/.
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- a brownish red garnet that consists of manganese aluminium silicate and is used as a gemstone. Formula: Mn 3 Al 2 (SiO 4) 3
C19: named after Spessart, mountain range in Germany