Definition of Moonstone

1. Noun. A transparent or translucent gemstone with a pearly luster; some specimens are orthoclase feldspar and others are plagioclase feldspar.

Generic synonyms: Feldspar, Felspar, Transparent Gem



Definition of Moonstone

1. n. A nearly pellucid variety of feldspar, showing pearly or opaline reflections from within. It is used as a gem. The best specimens come from Ceylon.

Definition of Moonstone

1. Noun. (minerology) A translucent gemstone, an orthoclase feldspar, that has a pearly lustre. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Moonstone

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Medical Definition of Moonstone

1. A nearly pellucid variety of feldspar, showing pearly or opaline reflections from within. It is used as a gem. The best specimens come from Ceylon. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Moonstone

moonshees
moonshell
moonshine
moonshined
moonshiner
moonshiner's turn
moonshiner U
moonshiners
moonshiners' turns
moonshines
moonshining
moonshiny
moonshot
moonshots
moonspeak
moonstone (current term)
moonstones
moonstricken
moonstruck
moonwake
moonwalk
moonwalked
moonwalker
moonwalkers
moonwalking
moonwalks
moonward
moonwards
moonwise
moonwort

Literary usage of Moonstone

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1. A Book of Precious Stones: The Identification of Gems and Gem Minerals, and by Julius Wodiska (1909)
"The superstitions regarding gems in medieval times included one that was quite general, that a moonstone held in the mouth would stimulate and refresh the ..."

2. The Sacred City of Anuradhapura by Walisinha Harischandra (1908)
"The only entrance of the Bo-maluwa faces the road from the railway station, and here you will first see a moonstone*, three steps, two janitor stones and ..."

3. Precious Stones and Gems: Their History, Sources and Characteristics by Edwin William Streeter (1898)
"Selenite derives its name from its soft lustre, suggestive of moonshine; but though the word literally signifies " moonstone," no jeweller would think of ..."

4. Nights at the Play: A View of the English Stage by Dutton Cook (1883)
"THE new drama of " The moonstone," which Mr. Wilkie Collins has founded upon his famous novel of that name, is perhaps more ingenious than interesting. ..."

5. Spolia Zeylanica by National Museums of Sri Lanka, National Museums of Ceylon (1908)
"The stone here portrayed has been lying at the Museum for many years (see Spolia Zeylanica, III., p. 26, " Floral moonstone "), but it has never ..."

6. Gems by Helen Barlett Bridgman (1916)
"The feldspar group flowers in the moonstone ... moonstone is an alternative August birthstone for those who do not care for sardonyx or carnelian. ..."

7. The International Library of Famous Literature: Selections from the World's by Richard Garnett, Leon Vallée, Alois Brandl, Donald Grant Mitchell (1899)
"Who's got the moonstone?" was the rallying cry which perpetually caused the plundering as soon as it was stopped in one place to break out in another. ..."

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