American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rose-red or pink variety of garnet, a silicate mineral used as a gem.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of garnet of rose-red color and brilliant luster, sometimes used as a gem: found in Macon county, North Carolina.
- n. A purplish-red garnet.
- n. a red or pink variety of garnet used as a gemstone
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