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Zircon

ZIRCON

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Noun.
Called also jargon of Ceylon, a mineral originally found in Ceylon, in the sands of rivers, along with spinel, sapphire, tourmalin, and iron sand. Zircon, hyacinth, and zirconite, are regarded as varieties of the same species. They are essentially composed of the earth zirconia, with silex, and a minute portion of iron. The primitive form of the crystals is an octahedron, composed of two four sided prisms. The common form is a rectangular four sided prism.

Definition 2021


zircon

zircon

See also: zircón

English

Zircon

Noun

zircon (countable and uncountable, plural zircons)

  1. (uncountable) A mineral occurring in tetragonal crystals, usually of a brown or grey colour and consisting of silica and zirconia.
    • 2012 March 1, Lee A. Groat, “Gemstones”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 128:
      Although there are dozens of different types of gems, among the best known and most important are []. (Common gem materials not addressed in this article include amber, amethyst, chalcedony, garnet, lazurite, malachite, opals, peridot, rhodonite, spinel, tourmaline, turquoise and zircon.)
  2. (countable) A crystal of zircon, sometimes used as a false gemstone.

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French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ziʁ.kɔ̃/

Noun

zircon m (plural zircons)

  1. zircon

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowing from French zircon.

Noun

zircon n (uncountable)

  1. zircon

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