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Moonstone

A mineral so called on account of the play of light which it exhibits. Wilkie Collins has a novel called The Moonstone.

“The moonstone contains bluish-white spots, which, when held to the light, present a . . . . silvery play of colour not unlike that of the moon.” —Ure: Chemical Dictionary.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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