chrys·​o·​prase | \ ˈkri-sə-ˌprāz How to pronounce chrysoprase (audio) \

Definition of chrysoprase

: an apple-green chalcedony valued as a gem

First Known Use of chrysoprase

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chrysoprase

Middle English crisopace, crisopassus, crissoprassus, borrowed from Latin chrȳsoprasos, chrȳsoprasum, borrowed from Greek chrȳsóprasson, from chrȳso- chryso- + -prasos, derivative of práson "leek," probably of pre-Greek substratal origin

Note: Both Greek práson and Latin porrum "leek" can be taken back to a zero-grade *pr̥so-, but given the limited distribution of the etymon a loan from a Mediterranean language is more likely than Indo-European descent.

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“Chrysoprase.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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