spes·​sar·​tite ˈspe-sər-ˌtīt How to pronounce spessartite (audio)
variants or spessartine
: a manganese aluminum garnet usually containing other elements (such as iron) in minor amounts

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At the center of its delicate gold band — sculpted to resemble unfurling branches — is an 11-carat spessartite stone the color of an Aperol spritz. New York Times, 24 Feb. 2022

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Word History


French, from Spessart mountain range, Germany

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spessartite was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Spessartite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spessartite. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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