Definition of spessartine in English:



mass noun
  • A form of garnet containing manganese and aluminium, occurring as orange-red to dark brown crystals.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.