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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , crystal , cristal , from criȝstall Old English cristalla ( “ crystal ” ), a borrowing from Latin crystallum ( “ crystal, ice ” ) (later reinforced from Anglo-Norman and cristall Middle French , from cristal Latin ), from crystallum Ancient Greek κρύσταλλος ( krústallos, “ clear ice ” ), from κρύος ( krúos, “ frost ” ), from the Proto-Indo-European , *krus- *kru- ( “ hard, hard outer surface, crust ” ).
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crystal ( , countable and uncountable plural ) crystals
( countable ) A solid composed of an array of atoms or molecules possessing long-range order and arranged in a pattern which is periodic in three dimensions.
( countable ) A piece of glimmering, shining mineral resembling ice or glass.
( uncountable ) A fine type of glassware, or the material used to make it.
( uncountable , slang ) Crystal meth: methamphetamine hydrochloride. The
glass over the dial of a watch case.
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crystal ( not ) comparable
"Do I make myself clear?" / " Crystal."
References [ edit ]
crystal” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.