Definitions for GARNETˈgɑr nɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of a group of hard deep red, brownish, or green vitreous minerals, silicates of calcium, magnesium, iron, or manganese with aluminum or iron: several varieties are used as gems.
Category: Mineralogy, Jewelry
a deep red color.
Origin of garnet:
1275–1325; < OF gernate, grenade < L grānātum granular; cf. pomegranate
any of a group of hard glassy minerals (silicates of various metals) used as gemstones and as an abrasive
Hard transparent minerals that are often used as gemstones and abrasives.
Of a dark red colour.
Origin: granate, from grenate, from grenat.
a mineral having many varieties differing in color and in their constituents, but with the same crystallization (isometric), and conforming to the same general chemical formula. The commonest color is red, the luster is vitreous, and the hardness greater than that of quartz. The dodecahedron and trapezohedron are the common forms
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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a well-known precious stone of a vitreous lustre, and usually of a dark-red colour, resembling a ruby, but also found in various other shades, e. g. black, green, and yellow. The finest specimens are brought from Ceylon, Pegu, and Greenland. The species of garnet crystal known as Pyrope, when cut in the shape of a tallow drop, is called a carbuncle.