Definition of grossular in English:

grossular

(also grossularite)

noun

  • [mass noun] A mineral of the garnet group, consisting essentially of calcium aluminium silicate.

    • ‘The mineral of interest is the hessonite variety of grossular.’
    • ‘It is not known what type of garnet this is, but grossular would be a good guess.’
    • ‘Along the contact zone the limestones were recrystallized into a cloudy white, massive calcite containing grossular, epidote, magnetite, quartz, and tremolite.’
    • ‘Garnet has a general grain size of about 3 mm and its composition is almandine, pyrope, spessartine and grossular.’
    • ‘Both almandine and grossular increase as spessartine decreases.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from modern Latin grossularia gooseberry. The yellow-green variety is sometimes known as gooseberry garnet.

Pronunciation:

grossular

/ˈɡrɒsjʊlə/