Words: smaragdine, adj.
Tuesday 18 August 1998
Etymologically, smaragdine and emerald are the same word, both coming from the Old French smaragde, esmaragde or esmeraude. A smaragd is an emerald, and smaragdine means emerald-like, or green-coloured.
The New Oxford Dictionary of English chooses to omit this fine word, but you will find it in Chambers. Conscious of their responsibility as the standard dictionary for so many word- games, they could hardly deny Scrabble-players the possibility of scoring 50 bonus points with the seven- letter smaragd.
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