from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rare, light to dark or bluish green, translucent mineral, Al(PO4)·2H2O, found in aluminum-rich rocks and sometimes used as a semiprecious stone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A relatively rare hydrated aluminum phosphate mineral (AlPO4·2H2O), sometimes confused with turquoise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apple-green mineral occurring in reniform masses. It is a hydrous phosphate of alumina.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hydrous phosphate of aluminium, occurring in crystalline or reniform crusts of a bright-green color.
German Variscit, from Medieval Latin Variscia, ancient name for Vogtland, region of Germany where the mineral was discovered.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after the locality of Variscia, the dated name of Vogtland, Germany. (Wiktionary)