tanzanite

[ tan-zuh-nahyt ]
/ ˈtæn zəˌnaɪt /

noun

Mineralogy. a variety of zoisite valued as a gem for its purplish-blue color and strong pleochroism.

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Origin of tanzanite

1965–70; named after Tanzania, where found; see -ite1

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