Definition of Alexandrite

1. Noun. A green variety of chrysoberyl used as a gemstone.

Generic synonyms: Chrysoberyl



Definition of Alexandrite

1. Noun. (minerology) A form of chrysoberyl that displays a colour change dependent upon the light source, along with strong pleochroism. ¹

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Definition of Alexandrite

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Alexandrite

aleuroplast
aleuroplasts
aleutian mink disease
aleutian mink disease virus
alevin
alevins
alew
alewife
alewives
alews
alex
alexander disease
alexanders
alexandrine
alexandrines
alexandrite (current term)
alexandrites
alexia
alexias
alexic
alexical
alexin
alexin unit
alexine
alexines
alexins
alexipharmac
alexipharmacum
alexipharmic
alexipharmical

Literary usage of Alexandrite

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1. Precious Stones and Gems: Their History, Sources and Characteristics by Edwin William Streeter (1898)
"alexandrite. HIS stone was named after the Czar of Russia, Alexander II., ... The Russian alexandrite can rarely be shown to the best advantage in ..."

2. A Hand-book of Precious Stones by Meyer Daniel Rothschild (1889)
"alexandrite. On the day that the Emperor Alexander of Russia attained his majority the Ural chrysoberyl, of a dark-green color, ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"alexandrite was found originally in the emerald- mine of ... Some of the Ceylon alexandrite exhibits, when suitably cut, the Cat's-eyc ..."

4. Dana's Manual of Mineralogy: For the Student of Elementary Mineralogy, the by James Dwight Dana, William Ebenezer Ford (1912)
"alexandrite. Emerald-green variety, but red by transmitted light and generally ... Found in the alluvial gem deposits of Brazil and Ceylon; the alexandrite ..."

5. Precious Stones by Wilbert Goodchild, Robert Dykes (1908)
"Here the variety alexandrite is found, with Emerald, in mica-schist close to ... The ordinary variety contains iron usually, and the variety alexandrite is ..."

6. Reports on the Colonial Sections of the Exhibition by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain, Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1887)
"The alexandrite is a variety of a deep, somewhat bluish green colour by ... There was also a probably unique alexandrite cat's-eye, which seems to have been ..."

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