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Named from Ancient Greek inferior, because not so hard as some minerals it resembles (e.g. hyacinth).


essonite (plural essonites)

  1. (mineralogy) Cinnamon stone, a variety of garnet.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for essonite in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)