a light-colored, very hard mineral, zirconium silicate, ZrSiO, an ore of zirconium: used as a gem when transparent
Origin of zirconGerman zirkon, altered (by Werner: see wernerite) ; from French jargon ; from Italian giargone ; from Arabic zarq?n, bright red ; from Persian zarg?n, gold-colored ; from zar, gold
A brown to colorless mineral, ZrSiO4, which is heated, cut, and polished to form a brilliant blue-white gem.
Origin of zirconGerman Zirkon, from Arabic siriqun, from Greek surikon, from Persian azarg&umacron;n, fire color : azar, fire (from Middle Persian adur, from Old Persian *atar, aç-, in &Amacron;çiyadiya, fire-worship month; see ater- in Indo-European roots) + -g&umacron;n, color (from Middle Persian; akin to Avestan gaon&schwa;m, hair, complexion (second sense unattested)).
(countable and uncountable, plural zircons)