Zircon meaning

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A brown to colorless mineral, ZrSiO4 , which is heated, cut, and polished to form a brilliant blue-white gem.
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A light-colored, very hard mineral, zirconium silicate, ZrSiO4, an ore of zirconium: used as a gem when transparent.
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A brown, reddish to bluish, gray, green, or colorless tetragonal mineral that occurs in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, and especially in sand. The colorless varieties are valued as gems. Chemical formula: ZrSiO4.
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(uncountable) A mineral occurring in tetragonal crystals, usually of a brown or grey colour and consisting of silica and zirconia.
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(countable) A crystal of zircon, sometimes used as a false gemstone.
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Origin of zircon

  • German Zirkon from Arabic siriqun from Greek surikon from Persian āzargūn fire color āzar fire (from Middle Persian ādur) (from Old Persian ātar āç-) (in Āçiyādiya fire-worship month āter- in Indo-European roots) -gūn color (from Middle Persian) (Avestan gaonəm hair, complexion (second sense unattested))

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

  • From German Zirkon or French zircone, from Arabic زرقون (zarqÅ«n, “cinnabar, bright red"), from Persian زرگون (zargun) / زریون (zaryun), from Middle Persian 𐭦𐭫𐭢𐭥𐭭 (zargōn).

    From Wiktionary