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citrine n : semiprecious yellow quartz resembling topaz

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  1. a greenish-yellow colour, like that of a lemon.
    citrine colour:   
  2. a brownish-yellow quartz


  1. of a greenish-yellow colour, like that of a lemon.

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Extensive Definition

For the politician of this name, see Walter McLennan Citrine, 1st Baron Citrine.
Citrine is a variety of quartz. It ranges in color from a pale yellow to brown. Citrine has ferric impurities, and is rarely found naturally. Most commercial citrine is in fact artificially heated amethyst or smoky quartz. Brazil is the leading producer of citrine, with much of its production coming from the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Citrine is one of three traditional birthstones for the month of November.
It is nearly impossible to tell cut citrine from yellow topaz visibly.

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citrine in Bulgarian: Цитрин
citrine in German: Citrin
citrine in Spanish: Cuarzo citrino
citrine in Basque: Zitrino
citrine in French: Citrine
citrine in Hebrew: סיטרין
citrine in Latvian: Citrīns
citrine in Lithuanian: Citrinas
citrine in Hungarian: Citrin
citrine in Dutch: Citrien
citrine in Polish: Cytryn
citrine in Portuguese: Citrino (mineral)
citrine in Romanian: Citrin
citrine in Russian: Цитрин
citrine in Slovak: Citrín (kremeň)
citrine in Finnish: Sitriini
citrine in Swedish: Citrin
citrine in Turkish: Sitrin
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