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.


German Variscit, from Medieval Latin Variscia, ancient name for Vogtland, region of Germany where the mineral was discovered.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after the locality of Variscia, the dated name of Vogtland, Germany. (Wiktionary)


  • 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.

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  • And Mr. Brul was here this morning to tell you that the variscite helped him recall a past life.

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  • They served for the exploitation of variscite, a green mineral, which was used for the production of jewelry (beads for necklaces, etc.

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