Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A gray, green to yellow, or brown vitreous mineral, BeAl2O4, relatively rare and used as a gemstone.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mineral of a yellowish-green to emerald-green color, sometimes red by transmitted light, an aluminate of glucinum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) A mineral, found in crystals, of a yellow to green or brown color, and consisting of aluminia and glucina. It is very hard, and is often used as a gem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mineralogy A vitreous mineral, often pale green, a mixed oxide of aluminium and beryllium with the chemical formula BeAl2O4, used as a gemstone.

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

  • noun a rare hard yellow green mineral consisting of beryllium aluminate in crystal form; used as a gemstone

Etymologies

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

[Latin chrȳsobēryllus, from Greek khrūsobērullos : khrūso-, chryso- + bērullos, beryl; see beryl.]

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  • "The light touched the decanter and the drink within glowed like a chrysoberyl."

    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 711

    And,

    "Below, the object glittered up at us, serene and glowing, its beauty at last revealed. A faceted clear stone, the color of golden sherry, half the size of my thumbnail.

    'Chrysoberyl,' Jamie said softly, a hand on my back.... 'D'ye think it will serve?'"

    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 930

    February 3, 2010