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alexandrite

[al-ig-zan-drahyt, -zahn-] /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn draɪt, -ˈzɑn-/
noun, Mineralogy
1.
a variety of chrysoberyl, green by daylight and red-violet by artificial light, used as a gem.
Origin of alexandrite
1830-1840
1830-40; named after Alexander I of Russia; see -ite1
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alexandrite

/ˌælɪɡˈzændraɪt/
noun
1.
a green variety of chrysoberyl used as a gemstone
Word Origin
C19: named after Alexander I (1777–1825), tsar of Russia (1801–25); see -ite1
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