a common mineral, zirconium silicate, ZrSiO4, occurring in small tetragonal crystals or grains of various colors, usually opaque: used as a refractory when opaque and as a gem when transparent.
Origin of zircon
< German Zirkon;
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Related Words for zirconjewel
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Historical Examples of zircon
Zircon, engrossed in a theoretical problem, scarcely noticed.
The truly refined people are those who have got three garnets and one zircon.
I'll tell Zircon this when he comes, but you can be thinking it over in the meantime.
Nothing remained but to wait for Zircon and make definite plans.
If anyone asks, I can say I want movies of the animals you and Zircon shoot.
British Dictionary definitions for zircon
a reddish-brown, grey, green, blue, or colourless hard mineral consisting of zirconium silicate in tetragonal crystalline form with hafnium and some rare earths as impurities. It occurs principally in igneous rocks and is an important source of zirconium, zirconia, and hafnia: it is used as a gemstone and a refractory. Formula: ZrSiO 4
Word Origin for zircon
C18: from German Zirkon, from French jargon, via Italian and Arabic, from Persian zargūn golden
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Word Origin and History for zircon
1794, new name given in chemistry to jacinth, from German Zirkon (cf. French jargon, Italian giargone), from Arabic zarqun "cinnabar, bright red," from Persian zargun "gold-colored," from Avestan zari- "gold-colored," from zar "gold."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A brown, reddish to bluish, gray, green, or colorless tetragonal mineral that occurs in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, and especially in sand. The colorless varieties are valued as gems. Chemical formula: ZrSiO4.
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