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hessonite

[hes-uh-nahyt] /ˈhɛs əˌnaɪt/
noun, Mineralogy
1.
Origin
< Greek hēsson- (stem of hḗssōn) less, inferior + -ite1
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hessonite

/ˈhɛsəˌnaɪt/
noun
1.
an orange-brown variety of grossularite garnet Also called essonite, cinnamon stone
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Greek hēssōn less, inferior + -ite1; so called because it is less hard than genuine hyacinth
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Word Origin and History for hessonite
n.

1820, from French essonit (1817), from Greek heson "less" + -ite (2). So called because it is lighter than similar minerals.

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