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From the American Heritage Dictionary:

em·er·ald (ĕm'ər-əld, ĕm'rəld) n.
A brilliant green to grass-green transparent variety of beryl, used as a gemstone.

[Middle English emeraude, from Old French, from Medieval Latin esmeralda, esmeraldus, from Latin smaragdus, from Greek smaragdos.]
-- earthnut  9/13/2007

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