onyx

[ on-iks, oh-niks ]SEE DEFINITION OF onyx
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My brother Jean made me a present of an onyx of great beauty.

The huge reception hall was trimmed from floor to dome in onyx and gold.

Then, and not till then, had any one time to turn a glance towards the Onyx.

Harrasford was credited with designs for a palace in onyx and marble.

The pulpit is of carved stone with inlaid slabs of American onyx.

His stones are jet, onyx and all dark stones which are incapable of polish.

My mind is a confused jumble of onyx and gilding and 216 mosaic floors and palms.

The sardonyx was supposed by the ancients to be a different stone from the onyx.

No. 11 is also of onyx, with ruby and pearl decoration, it appertained to Peter.

An onyx engraved with the Aztec eagle—now the Mexican eagle.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., from Old French oniche "onyx" (12c.), and directly from Latin onyx (genitive onychis), from Greek onyx "onyx-stone," originally "claw, fingernail" (see nail (n.)). So called because the mineral's color sometimes resembles that of a fingernail, pink with white streaks.

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