One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Made from or reminiscent of diamonds.
- ‘It has been known from recent publications to use methane gas for depositing diamantine carbons whereby a desired material has been obtained under high vacuum and temperatures in the range of over 1,000 degrees C.’
- ‘Theodore Rousseau's burning winter sunrise over the Qise, its darkness torch-streaked with carmine and gold, sets off a chain-shot of diamantine flames in the hoarfrost on the stony riverbank.’
- ‘Through her suit, Suzie Nova felt the diamantine exterior of the alien contraption throb faintly below her feet, alive with incomprehensible energies that course through it like blood through arteries.’
- ‘Roni Mahler, guesting as the Countess, is diamantine as A Dragon Lady, all knowing, all seeing, reeking with impatience over insubordination.’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘hard as diamond’): from French diamantin, from diamant ‘diamond’.
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