garnet

noun
gar·net | \ ˈgär-nət \

Definition of garnet 

1 : a brittle and more or less transparent usually red silicate mineral that has a vitreous luster, occurs mainly in crystals but also in massive form and in grains, is found commonly in gneiss and mica schist, and is used as a semiprecious stone and as an abrasive

2 : a variable color averaging a dark red

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Other words from garnet

garnetiferous \ˌgär-nə-ˈti-f(ə-)rəs \ adjective

The "Seedy" Origins of garnet

The deep-red color of this gemstone reminded the French of a red-skinned fruit. In early French the fruit was called pomme grenate, which means “seedy apple.” This later became pomegranate in English. The early French word grenate, meaning “seedy,” is the source of the adjective grenat, meaning “red like a pomegranate.” This word was then used as a noun to refer to the deep-red gemstone. When borrowed into English, grenat became garnet.

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The liquid is a regal garnet — one hundred percent Carignan. San Francisco Chronicle, "Point Reyes winery embodies “natural wine” movement," 16 May 2018 Authentic helmets – of tooled leather and carved metal, corroded after a millennium underground, often with chain mail hanging – are on show next to metal swords decorated with Indian garnets. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Viking Artifacts, Vinland Map On Display At Mystic Seaport," 22 May 2018 Barcelona have released images of their new home strip for their La Liga title defence next season, with the iconic blue and garnet coloured stripes taking prominence. SI.com, "FC Barcelona Unveils New Home Kit Ahead of 2018/19 Season," 19 May 2018 More Florida students wanted to bleed garnet and gold, too. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "High school grads flood Florida colleges with applications," 28 Apr. 2018 His PhD thesis, completed there in 1969, used optical spectroscopy to determine splits in the energy levels of rare earth ions in garnets under the influence of the electromagnetic fields of the crystals. Martin Weil, BostonGlobe.com, "Peter Gruenberg; won Nobel for work that led to quicker computers," 12 Apr. 2018 His PhD thesis, completed there in 1969, used optical spectroscopy to determine splits in the energy levels of rare earth ions in garnets under the influence of the electromagnetic fields of the crystals. Martin Weil, BostonGlobe.com, "Peter Gruenberg; won Nobel for work that led to quicker computers," 12 Apr. 2018 James donned a garnet jacket with black lapel and black dress shirt with a gold chain. Safid Deen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "NFL Draft: FSU's Derwin James determined to show Chargers were right to draft him at No. 17," 27 Apr. 2018 His PhD thesis, completed there in 1969, used optical spectroscopy to determine splits in the energy levels of rare earth ions in garnets under the influence of the electromagnetic fields of the crystals. Martin Weil, BostonGlobe.com, "Peter Gruenberg; won Nobel for work that led to quicker computers," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of garnet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for garnet

Middle English gernet, garnet, granat, borrowed from Anglo-French gernete, grenat, noun derivative of grenat "ruby-colored, red," probably after pome garnate pomegranate, with garnate taken to mean "red"

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The first known use of garnet was in the 14th century

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garnet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of garnet

: a dark red stone that is used in jewelry

: a dark red color

garnet

noun
gar·net | \ ˈgär-nət \

Kids Definition of garnet

: a deep red mineral used as a gem

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