chalcedony

noun
chal·​ce·​do·​ny | \ kal-ˈse-də-nē How to pronounce chalcedony (audio) , chal-; ˈkal-sə-ˌdō-nē How to pronounce chalcedony (audio) , ˈchal-, -ˌdä- \
plural chalcedonies

Definition of chalcedony

: a translucent variety of quartz of various colors and waxy luster

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Other Words from chalcedony

chalcedonic \ ˌkal-​sə-​ˈdä-​nik How to pronounce chalcedony (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chalcedony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, Ashley Poust, a postdoctoral researcher in vertebrate paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum, is intrigued by the origins of the chalcedony. Erin Fennessy, Popular Science, "Were rocks on the menu for these ancient birds?," 23 Feb. 2021 The Rose collection features rings in white chalcedony, diamonds, and sapphires ($29,000) and necklaces in pink opal and amethyst (price on request), as well as watches and bracelets. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Ring Around the Roses," 4 Jan. 2013 On this chalcedony intaglio from Greece, circa the 2nd or 3rd century BC, a nymph ties up her hair in a ribbon. Vogue, "Dior, De Beers, and Repossi, Oh My! A Virtual Tour Through the Fall 2017 High Jewelry Collections," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of chalcedony

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chalcedony

Middle English calcedonie, a precious stone, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin chalcedonius, from Greek Chalkēdōn Chalcedon

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The first known use of chalcedony was in the 13th century

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“Chalcedony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalcedony. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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