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Amethyst (gemstone).


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From 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.


  • IPA(key): /ˈæm.ə.θɪst/
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amethyst (plural amethysts)

  1. A transparent purple variety of quartz, used as a gemstone.
    • 2012 March 1, Lee A. Groat, “Gemstones”, in American Scientist[1], 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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Further reading[edit]

  • Amethyst” in David Barthelmy, Webmineral Mineralogy Database[2], 1997–.
  • amethyst”, in[3], Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, accessed 29 August 2016.
  • The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at [4]