Venus's-hairstone

      variety of quartz interspersed with fine crystals of the mineral rutile (q.v.).

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  • venus's-hairstone — noun or venus hairstone (plural venus s hairstones) Usage: usually capitalized V : quartz penetrated by acicular crystals of rutile …   Useful english dictionary

  • venus hairstone — noun see venus s hairstone * * * /hair stohn / a variety of rutilated quartz, used as a gemstone. Cf. sagenite. [1880 85; HAIR + STONE] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Venus hairstone — /hair stohn / a variety of rutilated quartz, used as a gemstone. Cf. sagenite. [1880 85; HAIR + STONE] * * * …   Universalium

  • rutile — /rooh teel, tuyl/, n. a common mineral, titanium dioxide, TiO2, usually reddish brown in color with a brilliant metallic or adamantine luster, occurring in crystals: used to coat welding rods. [1795 1805; < F < G Rutil < L rutilus RED1] * * *… …   Universalium

  • sagenite — /saj euh nuyt /, n. a variety of rutile occurring as needlelike crystals embedded in quartz. Cf. Venus hairstone. [1795 1805; < F sagénite < Gk sagén(e) net (cf. SEINE) + F ite ITE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • sagenite — ˈsajəˌnīt noun ( s) Etymology: French sagénite, from Latin sagena large fishing net + French ite more at seine : a mineral consisting of an acicular rutile that occurs in reticulated forms and is often embedded in quartz or other minerals * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

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