from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

  • noun a smoky yellow or brown quartz


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

[After the Cairngorm Mountains.]



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  • 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

  • "... 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