One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of garnet containing manganese and aluminium, occurring as orange-red to dark brown crystals.
- ‘Garnet has a general grain size of about 3 mm and its composition is almandine, pyrope, spessartine and grossular.’
- ‘Another garnet, a mixture of pyrope and spessartine, is called malaya garnet in the gem trade.’
- ‘There were shops full of green and purple fluorite, ferberite and arsenopyrite, and spessartine and stibnite.’
- ‘It should also be noted that almandine, grossular, and spessartine are the preferred spellings.’
- ‘Another recent find is bright orange spessartine being marketed as hollandite and mandarin garnet.’
Mid 19th century: from French, from Spessart, the name of a district in NW Bavaria, + -ine.
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