from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brilliant green to grass-green transparent variety of beryl, used as a gemstone.
- n. A strong yellowish green.
- adj. Of a strong yellowish green.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a rich green colour.
- n. Any of various green gemstones, especially a green transparent form of beryl, highly valued as a precious stone.
- n. emerald green
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A precious stone of a rich green color, a variety of beryl. See beryl.
- n. A kind of type, in size between minion and nonpare�l. It is used by English printers.
- adj. Of a rich green color, like that of the emerald.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of the mineral beryl, having a deep, clear green color, and when transparent highly prized as a gem.
- n. The name in Great Britain of a size of printing-type, intermediate between minion (which is larger) and nonpareil (which is smaller), and measuring 138 lines to the foot. It is not used in the United States.
- n. In entomology, one of several small green geometrid moths, as the grass emerald, Pseudoterpna pruinata, and the Essex emerald, Phorodesma smaragdaria.
- Of a bright green, like emerald.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a green transparent form of beryl; highly valued as a gemstone
- n. the green color of an emerald
- n. a transparent piece of emerald that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
Middle English emeraude, from Old French, from Medieval Latin esmeralda, esmeraldus, from Latin smaragdus, from Greek smaragdos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English emeraude, from Old French esmeraude, from Vulgar Latin *esmaralda, *esmaraldus, variant of Latin smaragdus,, from Ancient Greek σμάραγδος, μάραγδος (maragdos), from Semitic root b-r-q “to shoot lightning, to flash in darkness”, compare Hebrew בָּרֶקֶת (bareket) “emerald, flashing gem”, Akkadian barruktu, Arabic buraq “lightning”. Sanskrit मरकत (marakata) from a Semitic language. Persian زمرد (zomorrod) (whence Turkish zümrüt, whence Russian изумруд (izumrud) from Ancient Greek σμάραγδος (smaragdos). (Wiktionary)