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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.