noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin margarita, from Greek margaritēs Date: 13th century archaic pearl

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  • Margarite — Mar ga*rite, n. [L. margarita, Gr. ? a pearl; cf. F. marguerite.] 1. A pearl. [Obs.] Peacham. [1913 Webster] 2. (Min.) A mineral related to the micas, but low in silica and yielding brittle folia with pearly luster. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Margarĭte — (Margaritum), in der griechischen Kirche das Gefäß, worin die geweihte Hostie aufbewahrt wird …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • margarite — a pearl, late Old English, from L.L. margarita (see MARGARET (Cf. Margaret)). Figuratively, that which is precious or excellent, a priceless quality or attribute; also used as an epithet for Christ, Mary, etc., late 13c. Also margerie (mid 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • margarite — s. f. [Mineralogia] Silicato de cálcio e alumínio (mineral).   ♦ Grafia no Brasil: margarita …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • margarite — [mär′gə rīt΄] n. [OFr < L margarita: see MARGARET] Obs. a pearl …   English World dictionary

  • Margarite — This article refers about a member of the mica group, and should not be confused with margarita . Margarite Margarite from the Wright Mine, Chester Emery Mines, Chester, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA. Size: 4.8 x 3.4 x 2.6 cm. General …   Wikipedia

  • margarite — ˈmärgəˌrīt noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin margarita, from Greek margaritēs, from margaron pearl (probably from Sanskrit mañjara pearl, cluster of blossoms) + itēs ite …   Useful english dictionary

  • Margarite — Zu diesem Stichwort gibt es keinen Artikel. Möglicherweise ist „Margerite“ gemeint. Kategorie: Wikipedia:Falschschreibung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • margarite — /mahr geuh ruyt /, n. 1. Mineral. a. a gray, pink, or yellow mica, occurring in brittle monoclinic crystals. b. an aggregate of small, rudimentary crystals resembling minute globules in a row: found in glassy volcanic rocks. 2. Obs. a pearl. [bef …   Universalium

  • margarite — noun A calcium rich member of the mica group of phyllosilicates, forming white to pinkish or yellowish gray masses or thin laminae …   Wiktionary

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