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garnet

[gahr-nit] /ˈgɑr nɪt/
noun
1.
any of a group of hard, vitreous minerals, silicates of calcium, magnesium, iron, or manganese with aluminum or iron, varying in color: a deep-red transparent variety is used as a gem and as an abrasive.
2.
a deep-red color.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English garnet, gernate < Old French gernate, grenade < Latin grānātum granular; cf. pomegranate
Related forms
garnetlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for garnetlike

garnet1

/ˈɡɑːnɪt/
noun
1.
any of a group of hard glassy red, yellow, or green minerals consisting of the silicates of calcium, iron, manganese, chromium, magnesium, and aluminium in cubic crystalline form: used as a gemstone and abrasive. Formula: A3B2(SiO4)3 where A is a divalent metal and B is a trivalent metal
Derived Forms
garnet-like, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French grenat, from grenat (adj) red, from pome grenatepomegranate

garnet2

/ˈɡɑːnɪt/
noun
1.
(nautical) a tackle used for lifting cargo
Word Origin
C15: probably from Middle Dutch garnaat
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Word Origin and History for garnetlike

garnet

n.

early 14c., metathesized from Old French grenat "garnet," originally an adjective, "of a dark red color," from Medieval Latin granatum, originally an adjective, "of dark red color," perhaps abstracted from pomegranate (q.v.), from the stone's resemblance either to the shape of the seeds or the color of the pulp. But perhaps the word is from Medieval Latin granum "grain," in its sense of "cochineal, red dye."

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garnetlike in Science
garnet
  (gär'nĭt)   
Any of several common red, brown, black, green, or yellow minerals having the general chemical formula A3B2SiO8, where A is either calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), or manganese (Mn) and B is either aluminum (Al), manganese, iron, chromium (Cr), or vanadium (V). Garnet crystals are dodecahedral in shape, transparent to semitransparent, and have a vitreous luster. They usually occur in metamorphic rocks but also occur in igneous and sedimentary rocks.
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