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

  • n. A pale green, pink, brown, or black garnet, Ca3Al2(SiO4)3, occurring alone or as a constituent of the common garnet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A calcium-aluminium mineral of the garnet group.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as grossular.


German Grossularit, from New Latin Grossulāria, former genus of gooseberry (from the color of some garnets), from French groseille, gooseberry, from Old French grosele, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch kroes, curled.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the botanical name for the gooseberry, Grossularia, in reference to a particular green variety found in Siberia. (Wiktionary)


  • Next came my diamond hoop earrings, my Tiffany tourmaline cuff bracelet, my grossularite and platinum brooch—one by one, almost reverently, I opened the lids and laid the jewelry boxes on the shelf.

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  • Grossular Garnet group grossularite is or calcium aluminum minerals calcium, molecular species 3 Al 2 (silica 4) 3 Although calcium may part is made of iron and iron of ferric iron instead of aluminium.

  • And green garnet gem grossularite, Tiffany's answer. 24 smooth grossularite integument carefully selected this elegant necklace.

  • Strengthening and hand-carved jade bead necklace of shells grossularite, platnium set diamond and Pink Sapphire is very beautiful.

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  • A kind of garnet, originally named for having a pale green color like a gooseberry (Grossularia), but now known to occur in a variety of colors.

    January 21, 2008