AMETHYST (ἀμέθυστος, Rev 21:20)

AMETHYST (ἀμέθυστος, Rev 21:20) A variety of quartz of rock-crystal, of purple or bluish violet colour. Derived from ἀ, ‘not,’ and μεθύσκειν, ‘to intoxicate,’ it was regarded as a charm against the effects of wine. Quaffed from a cup of amethyst, or by a reveller wearing an amulet of that substance, the vine-juice could not …

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