zircon

noun
zir·con | \ˈzər-ˌkän, -kən\

Definition of zircon 

: a tetragonal mineral consisting of a silicate of zirconium and occurring usually in brown or grayish square prisms of adamantine luster or sometimes in transparent forms which are used as gems

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Scientists arrived at its true age after isolating certain minerals known as zircons. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The Ancient Martian Rock that Fell to Earth," 20 Nov. 2013 The new finding confirms that the zircon comes from the island itself. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Think They’ve Found a Mini Continent in the Indian Ocean," 2 Feb. 2017 The researchers recovered zircons as old as 3 billion years, Ashwal says in a press release. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Think They’ve Found a Mini Continent in the Indian Ocean," 2 Feb. 2017 In 2013, a team of European and South African geologists published research showing that the island's rock actually contained zircon crystals that were billions of years older than the island itself. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Scientists Have Discovered a 'Lost Continent' Under Mauritius," 6 Feb. 2017 The researchers recovered zircons as old as 3 billion years, Ashwal says in a press release. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Think They’ve Found a Mini Continent in the Indian Ocean," 2 Feb. 2017 The researchers collected samples of the mineral zircon, which can be used to calculate the age of rocks, from an island off the coast of Madagascar called Mauritius. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Found a 'Lost' Continent in the Indian Ocean," 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of zircon

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zircon

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