Beryl Definition

bĕrəl
noun
A transparent to translucent glassy mineral, essentially aluminum beryllium silicate, Be3 Al2 Si6 O18 , occurring in hexagonal prisms and constituting the chief source of beryllium. Transparent varieties in white, green, blue, yellow, or pink are valued as gems.
American Heritage
A very hard, lustrous, hexagonal mineral, Be3Al2Si6O18, that is an ore of beryllium; beryllium aluminum silicate: emerald and aquamarine are two varieties used as a gem.
Webster's New World
A feminine name.
Webster's New World

(uncountable, mineralogy) A mineral of pegmatite deposits, often used as a gemstone.

Wiktionary
(countable) An example of the mineral beryl.
The crown was set with six beryls of excellent size and color.
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adjective
Of a dull blue colour.
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other
A usually green or bluish-green hexagonal mineral occurring as transparent to translucent prisms in igneous and metamorphic rocks. Transparent varieties, such as emeralds and aquamarine, are valued as gems. Beryl is the main source of the element beryllium. Chemical formula: Be3Al2Si6O18.
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Other Word Forms of Beryl

Noun

Singular:
beryl
Plural:
beryls

Origin of Beryl

  • From Old French beril, from Latin bērillus, bēryllus, from Ancient Greek βήρυλλος (bērullos, “beryl”), from Prakrit विरलायते, from Sanskrit वैडूर्य (vaiḍūrya), from Dravidian, probably named after Velur (modern day Belur) in southern India.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin bēryllus from Greek bērullos from bērullion from Prakrit veruliya from Pali veḷuriya perhaps akin to Tamil veḷiru or viḷar to whiten, become pale

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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