amethyst /ˈaməθɪst/

a

I. noun

1. a precious stone consisting of a violet or purple variety of quartz.

a delicate necklace of amethysts and pearls.
[as modifier]
amethyst earrings.
2. a violet or purple colour

[as modifier]

an amethyst dress.
II. derivatives

amethystine /aməˈθɪstiːn /
adjective


– origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethustos ‘not drunken’ (because the stone was believed to prevent intoxication).

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