Definitions

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

  • n. A pale green, pink, brown, or black garnet, Ca3Al2(SiO4)3, occurring alone or as a constituent of the common garnet.

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  • n. A calcium-aluminium mineral of the garnet group.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as grossular.

Etymologies

German Grossularit, from New Latin Grossulāria, former genus of gooseberry (from the color of some garnets), from French groseille, gooseberry, from Old French grosele, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch kroes, curled.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the botanical name for the gooseberry, Grossularia, in reference to a particular green variety found in Siberia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Next came my diamond hoop earrings, my Tiffany tourmaline cuff bracelet, my grossularite and platinum brooch—one by one, almost reverently, I opened the lids and laid the jewelry boxes on the shelf.

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  • Grossular Garnet group grossularite is or calcium aluminum minerals calcium, molecular species 3 Al 2 (silica 4) 3 Although calcium may part is made of iron and iron of ferric iron instead of aluminium.

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  • And green garnet gem grossularite, Tiffany's answer. 24 smooth grossularite integument carefully selected this elegant necklace.

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  • Strengthening and hand-carved jade bead necklace of shells grossularite, platnium set diamond and Pink Sapphire is very beautiful.

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  • A kind of garnet, originally named for having a pale green color like a gooseberry (Grossularia), but now known to occur in a variety of colors.

    January 21, 2008