Definitions

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

  • n. A yellowish-green variety of olivine used as a gem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A transparent olive-green form of olivine, used as a gem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Chrysolite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as chrysolite.

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

  • n. a pale green variety of chrysolite; used as a gemstone

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman peridou, peridout, Middle French perido, peridon, of uncertain origin; later reborrowed from modern French péridot. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Olivine is a magnesium iron silicate that exists throughout the universe - in distant galaxies and local comets - as well as in earthly jewelry stores, in a pristine, gem-quality form called peridot.

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  • Greenish sands hold chlorite-glauconite or olivine, also called peridot, when it is of gem-like quality.

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  • Otherwise known as peridot, Lisa uses some swarovski components to create a bright, spring bracelet.

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  • The pieces can be fashioned from diamonds of various colors, rubies, emeralds, sapphires as well as a selection of semi-precious stones such as peridot, and amethysts.

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  • * Mermaid earrings and a peridot ring by sunspiral!

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  • The mineral most subject to this serpentinization process is called olivine—also known in its gemstone form as peridot—and it is common on Mars.

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  • The beautiful wave harmonies and shimmering watery images of this song remind me of the times I have felt most free and content; when I've waded through rock pools and walked along the shore: clear water, crystal blue, shiny turquoise and peridot green, skies wiped clean of storm clouds and troubles.

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  • The wind and rain lashed a peridot sea, and the only sign of life we spotted was a lone eider duck bobbing in the surf well away from shore.

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