oriental amethyst

noun

Definition of oriental amethyst

: a purple corundum used as a gem Due to the Asiatic origin of the stones, the yellow variety is sometimes called 'Oriental topaz', the dark green ‘Oriental emerald’, and the purple ‘Oriental amethyst’.— H. Newman, An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, 1981

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1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Oriental amethyst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oriental%20amethyst. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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