American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A greenish chrysoberyl that appears red in artificial light, used as a gemstone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of chrysoberyl found in the mica slate of the Ural mountains.
- n. mineralogy A form of chrysoberyl that displays a colour change dependent upon the light source, along with strong pleochroism.
- n. a green variety of chrysoberyl used as a gemstone
- Named after Alexander I of Russia. (Wiktionary)
- German Alexandrit, after Alexander I. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This mineral furnishes us the gem, alexandrite, which is notable for its power to change in color from green in daylight to red in artificial light.”
“An alexandrite laser is another red light laser, but it was a bit more efficient.”
“The next advancement in laser hair removal came in the form of an alexandrite laser.”
“For hair removal, I usually work with an alexandrite laser (which uses crystal to generate its laser light) or a diode (a super-conductor).”
“Lasers work with a monochromatic wavelength of light generated by liquid dye, crystals (like ruby or alexandrite), metal (a semiconductor like a diode), or gases (like CO2).”
“But then Henry found an alexandrite ring for me, and my magpie tendencies took over.”
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“His eyes, Joanna saw, were the clear green of alexandrite or peridot, deep-set and penetrating under silver-shot black brows.”
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