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The origin of the name peridot is uncertain.
The Oxford English Dictionary suggests an alteration of Anglo–Norman pedoretés (classical Latin pæderot-), a kind of opal, rather than the Arabic word faridat, meaning "gem".

The Middle English Dictionary's entry on peridot includes several variations:
peridod, peritot, pelidod and pilidod – other variants substitute y for the i's seen here.

The earliest use in England is in the register of the St Albans Abbey, in Latin, and its translation in 1705 is possibly the first use of "peridot" in English.
It records that on his death in 1245 Bishop John
bequeathed various items including peridot to the Abbey

Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color,
an olive-green.

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