What does amethyst mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amethyst(adj)

    a transparent purple variety of quartz; used as a gemstone

  2. amethyst(adj)

    of a moderate purple color


  1. amethyst(Noun)

    A transparent purple variety of quartz, used as a gemstone.

  2. amethyst(Noun)

    The purple tincture when emblazoning the arms of the English nobility.

  3. amethyst(Adjective)

    Having a colour similar to that of the gemstone

  4. Origin: ametist, from ametiste (French améthyste), from ἀμέθυστος, from ἀ- + μεθύω, from μέθυ. The Greeks believed that the amethyst prevented intoxication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amethyst

    a variety of crystallized quartz, of a purple or bluish violet color, of different shades. It is much used as a jeweler's stone

  2. Amethyst

    a purple color in a nobleman's escutcheon, or coat of arms

  3. Origin: [F. ametiste, amatiste, F. amthyste, L. amethystus, fr. Gr. without drunkenness; as a noun, a remedy for drunkenness, the amethyst, supposed to have this power; 'a priv. + to be drunken, strong drink, wine. See Mead.]


  1. Amethyst

    Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the Ancient Greek ἀ a- and μέθυστος methustos, a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. It is one of several forms of quartz. Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amethyst

    a′meth-ist, n. a bluish-violet variety of quartz of which drinking cups used to be made, which the ancients supposed prevented drunkenness.—adj. Amethyst′ine, [Gr. amethystosa, neg., methy-ein, to be drunken—methū, wine, cog. with Eng. mead, Sans. madhu, sweet.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amethyst in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amethyst in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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