h. highland garnet

Garnet

[gahr-nit]
noun
Henry Highland, 1815–82, U.S. clergyman and abolitionist.
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garnet1 (ˈɡɑːnɪt)
 
n
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
 
[C13: from Old French grenat, from grenat (adj) red, from pome grenatepomegranate]
 
'garnet-like1
 
adj

garnet2 (ˈɡɑːnɪt)
 
n
nautical a tackle used for lifting cargo
 
[C15: probably from Middle Dutch garnaat]

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garnet
c.1310, metathesized from O.Fr. grenat "garnet," from M.L. granatum, originally an adj., "of dark red color," probably 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 M.L. granum "grain," in its sense of "cochineal, red dye."
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garnet   (gär'nĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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