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Almandine. Now historical.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Cleanness. Originally from post-classical Latin Alabandina, kind of precious stone (636 in Isidore), use as noun (short for gemma Alabandina) of feminine of Alabandinus of or relating to Alabanda from classical Latin Alabanda, a city of Caria + -īnus; compare almandine.
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