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Amethyst (gemstone).
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Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἀμέθυστος (amethustos), not drunk) from ἀ- (a-), not) + μεθύω (methuō), I am drunk) from μέθυ (methu), wine). The Greeks believed that the amethyst prevented intoxication.

Noun

Singular
amethyst

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  1. A transparent purple variety of quartz, used as a gemstone.
  2. (uncountable) A purple colour.
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  3. (heraldry) The purple tincture when emblazoning the arms of the English nobility.

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Adjective

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Positive
amethyst

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Having a colour similar to that of the gemstone

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References

  • The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at [1]

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