From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Occidental \Oc`ci*den"tal\, a. [L. occidentalis; cf. F.
   1. Of, pertaining to, or situated in, the occident, or west;
      western; -- opposed to oriental; as, occidental
      climates, or customs; an occidental planet.
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   2. Possessing inferior hardness, brilliancy, or beauty; --
      used of inferior precious stones and gems, because those
      found in the Orient are generally superior.
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