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noun (plural amethysts)
  1. A transparent purple variety of quartz, used as a gemstone.
  2. A purple colour.
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    1. (heraldry) The purple tincture when emblazoning the arms of the English nobility.
  • Dutch: amethyst(nl)m
  • German: Amethyst(de)m
  • Italian: ametista(it)f
  1. Having a colour similar to that of the gemstone
    Etymology: :Comes from Greek amethystos meaning "not drunken", from methu meaning wine. The Greeks believed that the amethyst prevented intoxication.

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