follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

chrysoberyl

[kris-uh-ber-uh l] /ˈkrɪs əˌbɛr əl/
noun
1.
a mineral, beryllium aluminate, BeAl 2 O 4 , occurring in green or yellow crystals, sometimes used as a gem.
Also called cymophane.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin chrȳsoberyllus < Greek chrȳsobḗryllos, equivalent to chrȳso- chryso- + bḗryllos beryl
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for chrysoberyl
  • The only wellknown natural gemstones harder than chrysoberyl are corundum and diamond.
British Dictionary definitions for chrysoberyl

chrysoberyl

/ˈkrɪsəˌbɛrɪl/
noun
1.
a rare very hard greenish-yellow mineral consisting of beryllium aluminate in orthorhombic crystalline form and occurring in coarse granite: used as a gemstone in the form of cat's eye and alexandrite. Formula: BeAl2O4
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for chrysoberyl

gemstone, beryllium and aluminum oxide (BeAl2O4). A variety that is often cloudy, opalescent, and chatoyant is known as cymophane. Some cymophane, when cut en cabochon (in convex form), comprises the most highly prized cat's-eye.

Learn more about chrysoberyl with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for chrysoberyl

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for chrysoberyl

0
24
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with chrysoberyl