from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Exhibiting asterism.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Exhibiting the property of asterism: as, asteriated sapphire. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Radiated, with diverging rays.
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Radiated, with diverging rays.
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- adjective (of some crystals especially gemstones) exhibiting asterism
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Some stones have curious rays of variegated colour, due to their crystalline formation, taking the shape of a star; these are called "asteriated," or "cat's eye" sapphires.
There are certain stones and other minerals which, owing to their possession of numerous microscopically fine cavities, of a globular or tubular shape, have the appearance of "rays" or "stars," and these are called "asteriated."
It is also known as "the star sapphire" and "the asteriated sapphire."
n. - gem cut so as to show asterism. asteriated adj. - having star-like rays.