briolette

briolette

[bree-uh-let; French bree-aw-let]
noun, plural briolettes [bree-uh-lets; French bree-aw-let] .
any pear-shaped gem having its entire surface cut with triangular facets.

Origin:
1860–65; < French, variant of brillolette, itself alteration (by association with brillant diamond) of brignolette literally, little dried plum (facetious coinage), equivalent to brignole (after Brignoles in Provence, where the plums are dried) + -ette -ette

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briolette (ˌbriːəʊˈlɛt)
 
n
a pear-shaped gem cut with long triangular facets
 
[C19: from French, alteration of brillolette, from brignolette little dried plum, after Brignoles, France, where these plums are produced]

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