Definitions

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

  • n. A transparent emerald-green variety of spodumene, used as a gemstone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pale green form of spodumene that is sometimes used as a gemstone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An emerald-green variety of spodumene found in North Carolina; lithia emerald, -- used as a gem.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A transparent emerald-green or yellowish-green variety of spodumene, found in North Carolina in small crystals of prismatic habit. It is highly esteemed as a gem. Also called lithia emerald, in allusion to its composition and color.

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

  • n. a green transparent form of the mineral spodumene used as a gemstone

Etymologies

After William Earl Hidden (1853-1918), American mineralogist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hidden +‎ -ite, named after W E Hidden. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The company estimates the value of this entire yield of hiddenite at about $2,500.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 598, June 18, 1887

  • It is noted chiefly for the hiddenite gem, fine emeralds and beautiful specimens of quartz crystals; but gold, monazite and other minerals are found.

    North Carolina and its Resources.

  • At one time a considerable amount of mining was done by the Emerald and Hiddenite Mining Company in search of these gems, and with gratifying success, as crystals of hiddenite and chrome-green beryl of exceptional size and conspicuous beauty were obtained.

    North Carolina and its Resources.

  • Page 109 the energy and enterprise of Mr. Hidden is due the introduction of hiddenite as a gem of rarity and with an established commercial

    North Carolina and its Resources.

  • The accidental discovery some fifteen years ago of emerald and hiddenite in Alexander county, where gem mining on a considerable scale was conducted for several years, may be considered the beginning of this industry.

    North Carolina and its Resources.

  • The largest plant operated for gems exclusively was that in Alexander county, where emerald, hiddenite, beryl, rarely terminated rutile, and exquisite shades of garnets were found; and next to this should be mentioned Corundum Hill in Macon county, where rubies, sapphires, beryls and garnets are gathered incidentally in washing corundum for the markets.

    North Carolina and its Resources.

  • Emeralds and another gem, hiddenite, are found only in that area

    CNN.com

  • Somebody got to my site searching for "is hiddenite mine a scam" - no, it's not, they are quite open about how they operate.

    Amanita.net

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