One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A glassy yellow variety of quartz.
- ‘Before nightfall, the group had seen amethyst, citrine, imperial topaz, aquamarine, tourmaline, and even alexandrite.’
- ‘We got to know several of them by name, and they started to realize that we didn't want to see any more low-grade amethyst and citrine.’
- ‘I've seen earrings, necklaces, and rings with all sorts of gems including amethyst, citrine, blue topaz, and garnet.’
- ‘You will need a solar stone, such as citrine, yellow topaz, carnelian or yellow tiger's eye.’
- ‘The next few pockets yielded only dark blue apatite and clear to smoky to pale citrine quartz.’
- 1.1 A light greenish-yellow.
- ‘From verdant wallpaper murals to heaving citrine bodices, the imported hues of conquered cultures saturate.’
- ‘Below them a sumptuous overspill of nasturtiums distends from the orange blazon of their open flowers, and then from the horned bright outbursts of their incipient bloom, to the citrine pallor of their unfolding buds.’
- ‘Waves of applause greeted a cinched blue silk jacket with a shawl collar scattered with silver embroidery, worn over a citrine skirt in mille-feuille layers of stiff organdie.’
Late Middle English: from Old French citrin ‘lemon-coloured’, from medieval Latin citrinus, from Latin citrus ‘citron tree’.
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