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Amethyst (gemstone).
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Middle English ametist, from Old French ametiste (French améthyste), from Ancient Greek ἀμέθυστος ‎(améthustos, not drunk), from ἀ- ‎(a-, not) + μεθύω ‎(methúō, I am drunk), from μέθυ ‎(méthu, wine). The Greeks believed that the amethyst prevented intoxication.


amethyst ‎(plural amethysts)

  1. A transparent purple variety of quartz, 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 […] . (Common gem materials not addressed in this article include amber, amethyst, chalcedony, garnet, lazurite, malachite, opals, peridot, rhodonite, spinel, tourmaline, turquoise and zircon.)
  2. (uncountable) A purple colour.
    amethyst colour:    
  3. (heraldry) The purple tincture when emblazoning the arms of the English nobility.


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amethyst ‎(comparative more amethyst, superlative most amethyst)

  1. Having a colour similar to that of the gemstone


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  • The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at [1]