spi·​nel | \ spə-ˈnel How to pronounce spinel (audio) \
variants: or spinelle

Definition of spinel

1 : a hard crystalline mineral consisting of an oxide of magnesium and aluminum that varies from colorless to ruby red to black and is used as a gem
2 : any of a group of minerals that are essentially oxides of magnesium, ferrous iron, zinc, or manganese

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One was the massive Black Prince’s ruby, a 170-carat spinel that Henry V wore at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "As the Nazis bombed Britain, the royals hid the crown jewels in the least likely place," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spinel

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spinel

Italian spinella, diminutive of spina thorn, from Latin

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