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  • adj. somewhat precious or valuable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat precious. Used mostly of gemstones used in jewelry, such as amethyst, garnet, or iolite, which are sufficiently rare to have commercial value, but are not considered as precious, as are the diamond, emerald, and ruby.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Valuable, but less so than the most highly prized objects of similar nature.

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

  • adj. used of gemstones having less commercial value than precious stones


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