Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brown or yellowish-brown variety of garnet. Also called cinnamon stone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cinnamon stone, a variety of garnet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Cinnamon stone, a variety of garnet. See garnet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as hessonite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a garnet ranging in color from yellow to brown

Etymologies

French, from Greek hēssōn, inferior (from its being softer than true hyacinth), comparative of ēka, hēka, slightly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named from Ancient Greek inferior, because not so hard as some minerals it resembles (e.g. hyacinth). (Wiktionary)

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