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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A mineral like garnet, for example, has a number of varieties.
▪ After the first coat, sand with 240 grit garnet finishing paper.
▪ Greenhouse roofs rippled from salmon to garnet with the cold winds of sunset.
▪ It is gold with vivid garnet eyes and when wound up runs around in circles.
▪ Kent also seems to have been the major importer of garnet, although the actual amount that survives has not been quantified.
▪ Long terry robe in choice of pink, crimson or garnet, $ 45.
▪ Of the rest, turquoise ranks in his third and garnet in his second grade.
▪ Real garnet and gold heart-shaped earrings, $ 49. 99.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Garnet \Gar"net\, n. [Etymol. unknown.] (Naut.) A tackle for hoisting cargo in or out.

Clew garnet. See under Clew.


Garnet \Gar"net\, n. [OE. gernet, grenat, OF. grenet,grenat, F. grenat, LL. granatus, fr. L. granatum pomegranate, granatus having many grains or seeds, fr. granum grain, seed. So called from its resemblance in color and shape to the grains or seeds of the pomegranate. See Grain, and cf. Grenade, Pomegranate.] (Min.) A mineral having many varieties differing in color and in their constituents, but with the same crystallization (isometric), and conforming to the same general chemical formula. The commonest color is red, the luster is vitreous, and the hardness greater than that of quartz. The dodecahedron and trapezohedron are the common forms.

Note: There are also white, green, yellow, brown, and black varieties. The garnet is a silicate, the bases being aluminia lime (grossularite, essonite, or cinnamon stone), or aluminia magnesia (pyrope), or aluminia iron (almandine), or aluminia manganese (spessartite), or iron lime (common garnet, melanite, allochroite), or chromium lime (ouvarovite, color emerald green). The transparent red varieties are used as gems. The garnet was, in part, the carbuncle of the ancients. Garnet is a very common mineral in gneiss and mica slate.

Garnet berry (Bot.), the red currant; -- so called from its transparent red color.

Garnet brown (Chem.), an artificial dyestuff, produced as an explosive brown crystalline substance with a green or golden luster. It consists of the potassium salt of a complex cyanogen derivative of picric acid.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., metathesized form of gernet "the gem garnet" (early 14c.), from Old French grenate, gernatte, granate "garnet," also an adjective, "of a dark red color," from Medieval Latin granatum "garnet; of dark red color," perhaps abstracted from the Medieval Latin or Old French words for pomegranate, from the stone's resemblance either to the shape of the seeds or the color of the pulp. Or the word might be from Medieval Latin granum "grain," in its sense of "cochineal, red dye." A widespread word: Spanish and Portuguese granate, Italian granato, Dutch granaat, German Granat.


Etymology 1 a. Of a dark red colour. n. (context mineral English) A hard transparent mineral that is often used as gemstones and abrasives. Etymology 2

n. (context nautical English) A tackle for hoisting cargo in or out.


n. any of a group of hard glassy minerals (silicates of various metals) used as gemstones and as an abrasive


Garnets are a group of silicate minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives.

All species of garnets possess similar physical properties and crystal forms, but differ in chemical composition. The different species are pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular (varieties of which are hessonite or cinnamon-stone and tsavorite), uvarovite and andradite. The garnets make up two solid solution series: pyrope-almandine-spessartine and uvarovite-grossular-andradite.

Garnet (disambiguation)

Garnet is a mineral. Garnet or Garnets may also refer to:

Garnet (Steven Universe)

Garnet is a fictional character from the animated series Steven Universe, created by Rebecca Sugar. She is a "Gem", a fictional alien being that exists as a magical gemstone projecting a holographic body. Garnet is a "fusion" formed by two Gems, Ruby and Sapphire, the two gemstones permanently sharing one holographic body.

Garnet is voiced by Estelle, a performance that has seen a positive reception. Furthermore, Garnet is frequently praised for a being a depiction of a positive queer relationship.

Garnet (name)

Garnet is a name of Middle English origin, derived from the dark red gemstone, which was in turn named for the pomegranate that the garnet crystals resemble. The surname Garnett comes from an Old English occupational surname referring to a seller of hinges. It is both a surname and a given name.

The name came into occasional use along with other gem names during the late Victorian era. Garnet was among the top 1,000 names for girls in the United States between 1884 and 1944. It was most popular in 1911, when it was the 376th most popular given name for American girls. It was in occasional use for boys in the United States between 1882 and 1925. It was most popular in 1904, when it was 593rd most popular name for American boys. The name has not appeared among the top 1,000 names for boys or girls since 1944 in the United States.

Usage examples of "garnet".

There is one very beautiful specimen of shining white, fine-grained granite aplite, with small, pale red garnets.

But Garnet Five is known to, um, favor exotic downsiders, and the Betan herm is, after all, a Betan herm.

A garnet brooch deftly unclipped from the bombasine blouse worn by a nanny earned a gaol term or transportion no different to the neatest unclipping of a diamond pin from the silk bodice of a duchess.

When the breech of the gun is above the port-sill, hook the garnet and the thwart-ship-tackle to the cascabel, and bowse on both.

Angelo ripped off a pair of gold and sapphire earrings which immediately replaced the brass pair he habitually wore, while Chubby picked an enormous necklace of garnets which he hung around his neck and preened like a teenage girl.

This band and the twin handles were inlaid with garnets and scarlet enamel, set off by the gold strips of the cloisons in which the enamel was set.

The houses thinned, becoming meaner and finally dwindling into clusters of huts that, despite their relative youth, reminded Garnet of the slums.

Rose quartz crystals like pink diamonds, spiky red cinnabar, forest green malachite, translucent gypsum, and, yes, red wulfenite, hornblende, and peacock coal were clustered side by side with topaz, tourmaline, amethyst, garnet, and opal.

It had been all he could do to keep King Cole moving, not to draw rein and take Garnet back into his arms, kissing her awake and assuaging his discomfort in an outpouring of relief.

The bullocky spat and waved back, staring openly at Garnet, who had clasped her hands in her lap.

As a result of torture, he identified Garnet as Meaze when confronted with him.

He was also a Catholic convert, whose life had come to be defined by his recusancy, but at this point it was the kind of religion of which Father Garnet would have approved: acquiescing in the status quo, trusting in God to bring about the conversion of England in His own good time.

Father Henry Garnet, in A Treatise of Christian Renunciation, preached a very different message concerning recusant wives in dispute with Protestant husbands.

The ferocious intolerances of the pre-liberal world have been left behind - it is inconceivable now that a Henry Barrow would be executed, or a Henry Garnet, or that the Scrooby Separatists would have been forced to leave home and country - and perhaps as a result of that change, perhaps as a symptom, religion, or at least the conventional religion of ordinary people, has been drained of its passion.

It was slow work even though we all contributed and after almost two hours of it we had filled dozens of packets with thousands of semi-precious stones - lapis lazuli, beryl, tigees eye, garnets, verdite, amethyst, and half a dozen others of whose identity I was uncertain.