from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rock formation that resembles beads, found in glassy igneous rocks.
- n. Archaic A pearl.
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- n. A calcium-rich member of the mica group of phyllosilicates, forming white to pinkish or yellowish-gray masses or thin laminae.
- n. pearl
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pearl.
- n. A mineral related to the micas, but low in silica and yielding brittle folia with pearly luster.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pearl.
- n. A mineral of micaceous structure, separable into thin laminæ which are rather brittle.
- n. In lithology, an arrangement of the devitrification products (globulites) of a glassy material into forms resembling strings of beads: a term introduced by Vogelsang.
- n. Same as margarita, 1.
In the preface of his sermons on the lives of Saints, Ælfric states that he intends not to translate any more, "ne forte despectui habeantur margarite Christi."
I turned around to leave, but, dropping my precious box of margarite, I stooped to pick it up.
It was the althea-bud that grew in the summer-time of eighteen years ago, that had been Mary's, -- and my heart beat fast as I looked upon the silent voicefulness that spake up to me, and said, "To you, who have restored him to himself, he offers the same tribute;" and I lifted up the iridescent, flashing cradle of margarite, and reverently touched the ashes of althea it held with my lips.
It was a pretty casket, made of the margarite of the sea.
It is comparatively certain that the pearl (Greek margarite, Vulg. margarita) was known among the
Webster, and Halliwell give _margarite_ as an English word.
[each] margarite and the streetis of the citee weren cleen gold as of glas ful schinynge.