Meaning of macle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmak(ə)l/


  • 1A diamond or other crystal that is twinned.

    ‘Almost all the creeks that have produced gold crystals have produced triangular spinel-twinned crystals or macles.’
    • ‘Flattened contact twins are known in the gem trade as macles.’
    • ‘Good brown macle twins up to several carats in weight have been available in recent years from the Udachnaya mine.’
  • 2

    another term for chiastolite

    ‘The chiastolite, or macle, shows the representation of a cross on its surface, this effect being produced by the regular arrangement of carbonaceous impurities along the axes of the crystal.’
    • ‘The variety chiastolite (also called cross-stone, or macle) forms long prisms in a cross section.’


Late Middle English (denoting a heraldic charge in the form of a lozenge): from French (originally ‘mesh’), of uncertain origin; macle (sense 1) dates from the late 18th century and macle (sense 2) from the early 19th century.