From Old French beril, from Latin bērillus, bēryllus, from Ancient Greek βήρυλλος (bḗrullos, “beryl”), from Prakrit विरलायते, from Sanskrit वैडूर्य (vaiḍūrya), from Dravidian, probably named after Velur (modern day Belur) in southern India.
- (uncountable, mineralogy) A mineral of pegmatite deposits, often used as a gemstone.
2012 March 1, Lee A. Groat, “Gemstones”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 128:
- Although there are dozens of different types of gems, among the best known and most important are diamond, ruby and sapphire, emerald and other gem forms of the mineral beryl, chrysoberyl, tanzanite, tsavorite, topaz and jade.
- (countable) An example (a stone) of the mineral beryl.
- The crown was set with six beryls of excellent size and color.
- (uncountable) A dull blueish green colour.
beryl (not comparable)
- Of a dull blueish green colour.
- (blues) blue; Alice blue, aqua, aquamarine, azure, baby blue, beryl, bice, bice blue, blue green, blue violet, blueberry, cadet blue, Cambridge blue, cerulean, cobalt blue, Copenhagen blue, cornflower, cornflower blue, cyan, Dodger blue, duck-egg blue, eggshell blue, electric-blue, gentian blue, ice blue, lapis lazuli, lovat, mazarine, midnight blue, navy, Nile blue, Oxford blue, peacock blue, petrol blue, powder blue, Prussian blue, robin's-egg blue, royal blue, sapphire, saxe blue, slate blue, sky blue, teal, turquoise, ultramarine, Wedgwood blue, zaffre (Category: en:Blues)
- Madagascar aquamarine
- beryl (the mineral and examples of the mineral)
- beryllium (chemical element)