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Meaning of BERYL

Pronunciation:  'berul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the chief source of beryllium; colored transparent varieties are valued as gems

BERYL is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 See Also: aquamarine, atomic number 4, Be, beryllium, emerald, glucinium, mineral, morganite



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ber"yl\ (b[e^]r"[i^]l), n. [F. b['e]ryl, OF. beril, L.
beryllus, Gr. bh`ryllos, prob. fr. Skr. vai[dsdot][=u]rya.
Cf. {Brilliant}.] (Min.)
A mineral of great hardness, and, when transparent, of much
beauty. It occurs in hexagonal prisms, commonly of a green or
bluish green color, but also yellow, pink, and white. It is a
silicate of aluminium and glucinum (beryllium). The
{aquamarine} is a transparent, sea-green variety used as a
gem. The {emerald} is another variety highly prized in
jewelry, and distinguished by its deep color, which is
probably due to the presence of a little oxide of chromium.

Easton Bible Dictionary

the rendering in the Authorized Version of the Hebrew word _tarshish_, a precious stone; probably so called as being brought from Tarshish. It was one of the stones on the breastplate of the high priest (Ex. 28:20; R.V. marg., "chalcedony;" 39:13). The colour of the wheels in Ezekiel's vision was as the colour of a beryl stone (1:16; 10:9; R.V., "stone of Tarshish"). It is mentioned in Cant. 5:14; Dan. 10:6; Rev. 21:20. In Ezek. 28:13 the LXX. render the word by "chrysolite," which the Jewish historian Josephus regards as its proper translation. This also is the rendering given in the Authorized Version in the margin. That was a gold-coloured gem, the topaz of ancient authors.