from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The mineral vesuvianite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) Same as vesuvianite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun geology vesuvianite

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a green or yellow or brown mineral consisting of a hydrated silicate; it occurs as crystals in limestone and is used a gemstone


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French : Greek eidos, form; see weid- in Indo-European roots + krāsis, mixture; see idiosyncrasy.]


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  • In my first Scrabble Nationals (New Orleans, 2005?), I misspelled this word on my first game, which led to a challenge and surely contributed to that loss. Fast forward a couple of years and I hang a C on a triple-lane, and, with a blank, pull out the necessary letters for IDOCRASE as a triple-triple.

    January 15, 2009