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semiprecious

[sem-ee-presh-uh s, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈprɛʃ əs, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
adjective
1.
(of a stone) having commercial value as a gem but not classified as precious, as the amethyst or garnet.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; semi- + precious
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Examples from the web for semiprecious
  • semiprecious gemstones, tourmalines belong to a family of borosilicate minerals.
  • Precious and semiprecious stone deposits are numerous.
  • Tourmaline is used as a semiprecious gemstone when found in transparent crystals of red, pink, green or blue color.
  • Many semiprecious gemstones are in fact forms of chalcedony.
British Dictionary definitions for semiprecious

semiprecious

/ˌsɛmɪˈprɛʃəs/
adjective
1.
(of certain stones) having commercial value, but less than a precious stone
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Word Origin and History for semiprecious
adj.

also semi-precious, 1818, from semi- + precious (adj.).

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