Definitions

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

  • n. The red variety of tourmaline, used as a gemstone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a red to violet variety of tourmaline used as a gemstone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A variety of tourmaline varying in color from a pale rose to a deep ruby, and containing lithium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A red or pink variety of tourmalin found on the island of Elba, in Siberia, in Brazil, and at Paris in Maine. The ruby in the imperial crown of Russia is believed to be a rubellite.

Etymologies

Latin rubellus, red; see rubella + -ite1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It is impossible to say, with any certainty, what stone is denoted by the Hebrew term; but perhaps tourmaline, or more definitely the red variety known as rubellite, has better claims than any other mineral.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • Pink tourmaline, also referred to as rubellite, became popular in jewellery at the end of the 19th century and was also often used in Chinese carvings, frequently in association with jade.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • This is a rubellite, a kind of tourmaline, red, with hexagonal long prismatic crystals.

    The Best American Poetry 2010

  • Between these lurid streams, underlying translucent colors and textures teasingly appeared: glassy seracs of ruby and rubellite, rounded moraines in blue tourmaline and amethyst.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Tourmaline of the reddish variety (rubellite) is seldom of a deep red.

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public

  • The red of the rubellite should not deceive anyone who has ever seen a fine corundum ruby.

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public

  • Tourmaline or rubellite is found on the borders of the Ruby Mines district and in the Shan State of

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • We were drawn to the orange hue of the natural amber and the rose color of the rubellite tourmaline, which are traditional Indian colors.

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  • A delicately-crafted sequence from the Ramayana depicting Ram, Lakshman, Sita and Hanuman on a single mount in red tourmaline or rubellite changes colour when held against the light.

    India eNews

  • "We were drawn to the orange hue of the natural amber and the rose color of the rubellite tourmaline, which are traditional Indian colors.

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