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amethyst

am·e·thyst

amethyst

pronunciation:
ae mh thihst
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part of speech: noun
definition: a purple gem used in jewelry. Amethyst is a kind of quartz.
derivation: amethystine (adj.)
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The word amethyst contains the following part:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.