Definitions

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

  • n. Chiastolite.
  • n. A twinned crystal.
  • n. A dark spot or discoloration in a mineral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Chiastolite; -- so called from the tessellated appearance of a cross section. See chiastolite.
  • n. A crystal having a similar tessellated appearance.
  • n. A twin crystal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as mackle.
  • n. In mineralogy
  • n. A kind of twin crystal. See twin.
  • n. Chiastolite, cross-stone, or hollow spar, a variety of andalusite, the crystals of which have the axis and angles colored differently from the remainder. See chiastolite.
  • n. A tessellated appearance in other crystals.
  • n. In heraldry, same as muscle, 3.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, lozenge, from Latin macula, mesh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Other Canadians cut from the semi-finals were Veronica Penny, 11, of Hamilton, and Claudine Broussard, 13, Port Hawkesbury, N.S. Penny spelled a type of crystal called macle as maquelle.

    Toronto Sun

  • When it came to her husband's affections, Kendall had resented running a distant second to her father-in-law and apparently had macle her feelings known.

    The Witness

  • Department of the Imperial Navy in Berlin, but macle no further reference to the subject that afternoon.

    The Secrets of the German War Office

  • I have seen fine specimens of the chiastolite (macle) which the Indians wore as amulets and which came from the Sierra Nevada de Merida.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 3

  • The stones include a 52.40 carat clean light fancy yellow diamond from Holpan; a 60.52 carat light yellow octahedral diamond from Saxendrift; a 74.99 carat clean white irregular blocky stone from Saxendrift; a 54.23 carat light yellow broken macle stone with inclusions from Saxendrift; and a 60.51 light yellow rounded flat stone with oxide coating and minor inclusions from Saxendrift.

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  • These stones include a 52.40 carat clean light fancy yellow diamond from Holpan; a 60.52 carat light yellow octahedral diamond from Saxendrift; a 74.99 carat clean white irregular blocky stone from Saxendrift; a 54.23 carat light yellow broken macle stone with inclusions from Saxendrift; and a 60.51 light yellow rounded flat stone with oxide coating and minor inclusions from Saxendrift.

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  • She held the pose for about 40 seconds before spelling "maquelle" instead of "macle" (a type of crystal) and exited the stage to receive a big hug from her mother.

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