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amethyst

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noun am·e·thyst \ˈa-mə-thəst, -(ˌ)thist\

Simple Definition of amethyst

  • : a clear purple or bluish-purple stone that is used as a gem

  • : a medium purple color

Full Definition of amethyst

  1. 1 a :  a clear purple or bluish-violet variety of crystallized quartz that is often used as a jeweler's stone b :  a deep purple variety of corundum

  2. 2 :  a moderate purple

am·e·thys·tineplay \ˌa-mə-ˈthis-tən\ adjective

Origin of amethyst

Middle English amatiste, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethystos, literally, remedy against drunkenness, from a- + methyein to be drunk, from methy wine — more at mead


First Known Use: 13th century


AMETHYST Defined for Kids

amethyst

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noun am·e·thyst \ˈa-mə-thəst\

Definition of amethyst

  1. :  a clear purple or bluish violet quartz used as a gem



History for amethyst

People once believed that amethysts could cure drunkenness. The ancient Greeks gave the stone a name that reflected this belief. The Greek name was formed from a prefix that meant “not” and a verb that meant “to be drunk.” This verb came from a Greek word that meant “wine.” The English word amethyst came from the Greek name for the stone.



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