- 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
Examples from the Web for zircon
Zircon, engrossed in a theoretical problem, scarcely noticed.The Electronic Mind Reader
The truly refined people are those who have got three garnets and one zircon.Dodo's Daughter
E. F. Benson
I'll tell Zircon this when he comes, but you can be thinking it over in the meantime.
Zircon handed some money to the coolies and ordered them to wait.
One of the policemen pointed to Zircon's bloodstained sleeve.
- 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 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."
- 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.