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Meaning & History

Possibly from Old French alemandine, the name of a gem of a deep red colour (and the source of English almandine); this word was a corruption of Latin alabandicus "Alabandic (stone)", the name applied by Pliny the Elder to a variety of carbuncle worked at the city of Alabanda in Asia Minor (see Alabandus). Alternatively, it may be connected to Alamanda. This was the name of a queen in the 13th-century Arthurian romance Floriant et Florete.
Added 7/11/2010 by telfalathiel
Edited 3/8/2019 by Mike C and SeaHorse15