Definition of pyrope in English:


(also pyrope garnet)


mass noun
  • A deep red variety of garnet.

    • ‘Another garnet, a mixture of pyrope and spessartine, is called malaya garnet in the gem trade.’
    • ‘Small anhedral pyrope garnets and ilmenite can be collected from the shallow pit that remains.’
    • ‘Garnet has a general grain size of about 3 mm and its composition is almandine, pyrope, spessartine and grossular.’
    • ‘Those little red garnets you see in stores are usually pyrope garnets and green garnets are usually grossularite/grossular.’
    • ‘Other minerals from the State Line kimberlite pipes have gem potential; these include pyrope and chrome diopside.’


Early 19th century: from German Pyrop, via Latin from Greek purōpos ‘gold-bronze’, literally ‘fiery eyed’, from pur ‘fire’ + ōps ‘eye’.