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citrine

[si-treen, -trahyn, -trin, si-treen] /ˈsɪ trin, -traɪn, -trɪn, sɪˈtrin/
adjective
1.
pale-yellow; lemon-colored.
noun
2.
a translucent, yellow variety of quartz, often sold as topaz; false topaz; topaz quartz.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see citrus, -ine1
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Examples from the web for citrine
  • citrine has ferric impurities, and is rarely found naturally.
  • citrine is one of three traditional birthstones for the month of november.
  • It is nearly impossible to tell cut citrine from yellow topaz visibly.
British Dictionary definitions for citrine

citrine

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

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

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citrine in Science
citrine
  (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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