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[mass noun] A kind of garnet with a violet tint.
- ‘She described star garnets (almandines) from Emerald Creek, Idaho, as opaque.’
- ‘Garnet has a general grain size of about 3 mm and its composition is almandine, pyrope, spessartine and grossular.’
- ‘Associated with the quartz are crystals of almandine, kyanite, biotite, and magnesite.’
- ‘Rhodolite, a red variety that usually has a tinge of purple in it, is a mixture of almandine and pyrope.’
- ‘There are instances of quartz on almandine, quartz intergrown with almandine, quartz as an inclusion in almandine, and almandine as an inclusion in quartz.’
Late Middle English: from obsolete French, alteration of alabandine, from medieval Latin alabandina (gemma), jewel from Alabanda, an ancient city in Asia Minor where these stones were cut.
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