from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A rock formation that resembles beads, found in glassy igneous rocks.
- noun Archaic A pearl.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A pearl.
- noun A mineral of micaceous structure, separable into thin laminæ which are rather brittle.
- noun In lithology, an arrangement of the devitrification products (globulites) of a glassy material into forms resembling strings of beads: a term introduced by Vogelsang.
- noun Same as
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A pearl.
- noun (Min.) A mineral related to the micas, but low in silica and yielding brittle folia with pearly luster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun mineralogy A
calcium-rich member of the micagroup of phyllosilicates, forming white to pinkish or yellowish-gray masses or thin laminae.
- noun obsolete
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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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.