from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rare, light to dark or bluish green, translucent mineral, Al(PO4)·2H2O, found in aluminum-rich rocks and sometimes used as a semiprecious stone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A relatively rare hydrated aluminum phosphate mineral (AlPO4·2H2O), sometimes confused with turquoise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apple-green mineral occurring in reniform masses. It is a hydrous phosphate of alumina.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hydrous phosphate of aluminium, occurring in crystalline or reniform crusts of a bright-green color.
This precious commodity they traded among their neighbors for some of the finest ornaments of the age: bracelets of shimmering sea shells and beads of a beautiful turquoiselike stone known as variscite.
And Mr. Brul was here this morning to tell you that the variscite helped him recall a past life.
They served for the exploitation of variscite, a green mineral, which was used for the production of jewelry (beads for necklaces, etc.