agalmatolite

noun ag·al·mat·o·lite \ˌa-gəl-ˈma-tə-ˌlīt, ə-ˌgal-, ˌa-ˌgal-\

Definition of agalmatolite

plural

-s

  1. :  a soft compact stone of a grayish, greenish, or yellowish color, sometimes stained, carved into images or miniature pagodas by the Chinese —called also figure stone, pagodite

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Origin and Etymology of agalmatolite

New Latin agalmatolithus, from Greek agalmat-, agalma + New Latin -lithus -lite


First Known Use: 1801


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