Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

tanzanite

[tan-zuh-nahyt]
noun
  1. Mineralogy. a variety of zoisite valued as a gem for its purplish-blue color and strong pleochroism.
Show More

Origin of tanzanite

1965–70; named after Tanzania, where found; see -ite1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for tanzanite

Contemporary Examples


Word Origin and History for tanzanite

n.

violet-blue gemstone, 1968, named by Henry B. Platt, vice president of Tiffany & Co., because the stone was discovered in the African nation of Tanzania.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper