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

  • n. See smoky quartz.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A smoky yellow or brown variety of rock crystal, or crystallized quartz, found especially, in the mountain of Cairngorm, in Scotland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A smoky-yellow or smoky-brown variety of rock-crystal or quartz, found in great perfection on the Cairngorm mountain in Scotland and in many other localities.

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

  • n. a smoky yellow or brown quartz


(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "... he was dressed for the occasion in plum velvet breeches with stockings to match, immaculate linen, and—to show solidarity with the troops, no doubt—a coat and waistcoat in Cameron tartan, with a subsidiary plaid looped over one shoulder through a cairngorm brooch."
    —Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 649

    January 2, 2010

  • She wandered the prairie at will, though never strayed far, and came home running if she heard a wolf howl, her fine big cairngorm eyes wide with fear.
    --Nellie L. McClung, 1935, Clearing in the West: My Own Story

    November 25, 2007