hessonite

noun

hes·​so·​nite ˈhe-sə-ˌnīt How to pronounce hessonite (audio)
variants or less commonly essonite
: a yellow to brown garnet

Word History

Etymology

French, from Greek hēsson inferior; from its being less hard than true hyacinth

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hessonite was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Hessonite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hessonite. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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