The Definition of the word Amethyst
One of the precious stones in the breastplate of the high priest "(Ex. 28:19; 39:12), and in the foundation of the New Jerusalem" (Rev. 21:20). The ancients thought that this stone had the power "of dispelling drunkenness in all who wore or touched it, and" "hence its Greek name formed from a_, "privative," and _methuo," "to get drunk. Its Jewish name, ahlamah', was derived by the" "rabbins from the Hebrew word halam, "to dream," from its" supposed power of causing the wearer to dream. "It is a pale-blue crystallized quartz, varying to a dark purple "blue. It is found in Persia and India, also in different parts" of Europe.