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Old English ( cristal “ clear ice/mineral ”), from Latin ( crystallum “ crystal, ice ”), later reinforced from Anglo-Norman , 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).