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tanzanite

[tan-zuh-nahyt] /ˈtæn zəˌnaɪt/
noun
1.
Mineralogy. a variety of zoisite valued as a gem for its purplish-blue color and strong pleochroism.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; named after Tanzania, where found; see -ite1
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  • tanzanite, another gemstone, is believed to have been used in a similar way.
Word Origin and History for tanzanite
n.

violet-blue gemstone, 1968, named by Henry B. Platt, vice president of Tiffany & Co., because the stone was discovered in the African nation of Tanzania.

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