- from Quarz "quartz": a common mineral,
silicon dioxide [probably diminutive of Middle German querch
"dwarf", so-called because dwarves were supposedly
responsible for relatively worthless minerals. English quartz
and dwarf and German Quarz and Zwerg
"dwarf" probably all come from a common root.] See also cobalt and nickel.
- "Yet for a million years early humans went to the
considerable trouble of collecting and carrrying large hunks of quartz
and obsidian miles across a baking landscape to make them into axes at
this one ten-acre site." Bill Bryson, Bill
Bryson's African Diary, 2002, p. 25.
- "'No, the exterior lights are a hundred-fifty-watt
quartz halogen,' Edmunds was saying." Michael Crichton, Sphere,
1987, p. 58.
- "And primitive quartz tools found at a lower level of
the dig proved older still, dating back to about a million years
ago." Rick Gore, "The First Europeans", National
Geographic, Jul. 1997, p. 104.
- "Quartz forms veins and nodules in sedimentary rock,
principally limestone." "Quartz" Microsoft®
Encarta® 96 Encyclopedia, 1996.
and Quartz Watch Repair, by Mick Watters, 1999.
of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, by Mike Davis, 1992.
books and products related to quartz
- quartzite n.
- a granular metamorphic rock consisting essentially of quartz in interlocking grains.
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