PRONUNCIATION: (kwort-SIF-uhr-uhs)

MEANING: adjective: Containing or bearing quartz.

ETYMOLOGY: from German Quartz + Latin -ferous (bearing), from ferre (to bear). Earliest documented use: 1831.

NOTES: Quartz crystals come in various forms: amethyst, agate, onyx, etc., that may or may not be worth a bitcoin, but in a game of Scrabble, the word quartz is worth its weight: it yields 24 points, and that’s before any double or triple squares.

QUARTZIFERROUS - semiprecious stones that are magnetic because of their iron content

QUARTZIFEROLUS - a small Quartzifer

AQUARTZIFEROUS - a geological stratum containing both geodes and water; alternativey, containing no quartz at all