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[si-treen, -trahyn, -trin, si-treen] /ˈsɪ trin, -traɪn, -trɪn, sɪˈtrin/
pale-yellow; lemon-colored.
a translucent, yellow variety of quartz, often sold as topaz; false topaz; topaz quartz.
Origin of citrine
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see citrus, -ine1 Unabridged
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  • They vary in ground color from a little darker than "citrine drab," through "light brownish olive," to "dark olive buff."

  • Tertiary Colours are three only, citrine, russet, and olive.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
  • We also see that purple and citrine harmonise, and green and russet, and orange and olive.

    Principles of Decorative Design Christopher Dresser
  • Cold greens contrast with purple and harmonize with citrine.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • Only under a moderate magnification do the citrine tints come out.

    The North American Slime-Moulds Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
  • Warm greens contrast with purple and harmonize with citrine.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • The third circle shows how slate, citrine and russet are made.

    Color Value C. R. Clifford
  • About 1710 citrine and yellow were used in connection with the tan (Plate 2).

    Chats on Japanese Prints Arthur Davison Ficke
  • The citrine and the plum, however, are approximate contrasts.

    Color Value C. R. Clifford
  • Made by combining two secondary colors; tertiary colors are slate, russet and citrine.

    Color Value C. R. Clifford
British Dictionary definitions for citrine


a brownish-yellow variety of quartz: a gemstone; false topaz
  1. the yellow colour of a lemon
  2. (as modifier): citrine hair
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Word Origin and History for citrine

lemon-colored, late 14c., from French citrin, from Latin citrus (see citrus). From 1879 as a color name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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citrine in Science
  (sĭ-trēn', sĭt'rēn')   
A pale-yellow variety of crystalline quartz resembling topaz. The coloring is caused by the presence of a small amount of iron in the crystal structure.
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