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A.Word.A.Day--uvarovite

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uvarovite (oo-VAR-uh-vyt, yoo-) noun

An emerald-green mineral, a variety of garnet.

[After Count Sergei Semenovich Uvarov (1785-1855), president of the St. Petersburg Academy.]

What used to be only mineral specimens ... are now being fashioned into drop earrings and pendants. Gemmy chrysocolla (greenish blue), uvarovite (dark green) ... were the most popular among the natural-color gems." Gary Roskin, Chinese Pearls a Hit in Tucson, Jewelers Circular Keystone, Apr 1999.

This week's theme: words that contain the vowels aeiou once and only once.

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