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