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His child-like face, with the soft, agate eyes, expressed only bewilderment.

Some of the bracelets are furnished with studs set with agate or coral.

The cup in which it spins is made of agate flint, or other hard substance.

And this some seers have professed to be the virtue of a stone of agate.

Suddenly all is light and life and flight, Upon the sandy bottom, agate strewn.

What was agate had slipped out to others as well as ourselves.

We were in great dismay, since there was no agate at hand as raw material.

The walls of his chamber were enriched with tiles of alabaster, agate, and turquoise.

Other specimens imitated jade or agate or cornelian or some other stone.

The attachment can be placed on agate ware or sheet-iron pans of any length.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, from Middle French agathe (16c.), from Latin achates, from Greek akhates, the name of a river in Sicily where the stones were found (Pliny). But the river could as easily be named for the stone.

The earlier English form of the word, achate (early 13c.), was directly from Latin. Figurative sense of "a diminutive person" (c.1600) is from the now-obsolete meaning "small figures cut in agates for seals," preserved in typographer's agate (1838), the U.S. name of the 5.5-point font called in Great Britain ruby. Meaning "toy marble made of glass resembling agate" is from 1843 (colloquially called an aggie).

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