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emerald

noun em·er·ald \ ˈem-rəld , ˈe-mə- \

Definition of emerald

1 :a rich green variety of beryl prized as a gemstone
2 :any of various green gemstones (such as synthetic corundum or demantoid)

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Highly valued as gemstones, emeralds are a grass-green variety of beryl. The capacity of emeralds to deflect light and to break white light into its component colors is not high, so cut stones display little brilliancy or fire (flashes of color). The color that gives this gem its value comes from the presence of small amounts of chromium. The most important production of fine-quality gem material is Colombia; emeralds are also mined in Russia, Australia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Synthetic emeralds are identical to natural crystals and may rival them in color and beauty.

Origin and Etymology of emerald

Middle English emerallde, from Anglo-French esmeralde, from Vulgar Latin *smaralda, from Latin smaragdus, from Greek smaragdos — more at smaragd


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emerald

adjective

Definition of emerald

:brightly or richly green

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First Known Use of emerald

1508


EMERALD Defined for English Language Learners

emerald

noun

Definition of emerald for English Language Learners

  • : a bright green stone that is used in jewelry

  • : a bright or rich green color


EMERALD Defined for Kids

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emerald

noun em·er·ald \ ˈe-mə-rəld , ˈem-rəld \

Definition of emerald for Students

:a gemstone of a rich green color

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emerald

adjective

Definition of emerald for Students

:brightly or richly green


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