am·​e·​thyst | \ ˈa-mə-thəst How to pronounce amethyst (audio) , -(ˌ)thist \

Definition of amethyst

1a : 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 : a moderate purple

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Other Words from amethyst

amethystine \ ˌa-​mə-​ˈthi-​stən How to pronounce amethyst (audio) \ adjective

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Gems were once believed to have magical qualities. An amethyst, for example, was supposed to have the power to prevent or cure drunkenness in its wearer. For this reason the Greeks gave it the name amethystos, which comes from the prefix a-, meaning “not,” and methyein “to be drunk.”

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Recent Examples on the Web And this amethyst and turquoise bib was created for a client that spoke it fluently. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 11 May 2022 Upon her return from the maternity ward, Takiko dreams of her mother, a lonely girl atop a mountain wearing a glittering amethyst necklace, watching others sled down the snowy slope. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 Nine lines on the cone are in reference to the couple’s nine children, and an amethyst on the clip alludes to the bracelet Victoria received from her mother when her engagement to Albert was announced. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Behind her were many awards, an amethyst crystal for good vibes, and her Baby Yoda collection. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Next comes the infrared layer, which is infused with healing amethyst and tourmaline crystals that deepen the benefits of infrared therapy. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 28 Mar. 2022 Ferlise says can enhance subconscious exploration and get you in the headspace to lucid dream, like an amethyst, calming tea, and an essential oil blend). Aliza Kelly, Allure, 23 Mar. 2022 Treatment to book: The Baia Balancing Signature Ritual incorporates aromatherapy and amethyst crystals into massage and reflexology in order to release tension and balance energy throughout the body. Rona Berg, Devorah Lev-tov, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2022 There was also a magnificent amethyst, diamond, and turquoise bib necklace, seen below, that was anchored in its center by a giant, glowing heart. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of amethyst

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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(a) method in/to one's madness



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20 May 2022

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“Amethyst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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am·​e·​thyst | \ ˈa-mə-thəst How to pronounce amethyst (audio) \

Kids Definition of amethyst

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

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