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Definition of onyx

: a translucent chalcedony in parallel layers of different colors

Examples of onyx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the market for just under $2 million, this Moreland Hills English Tudor style home features an onyx fireplace and much more. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "TSA investigates new security breach at Cleveland Hopkins Airport: The Wake Up for Monday, Jan. 6, 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 An edging of onyx at the eyes’s outer corners ensured the look was sultry as well as festive, while gold hoops and a balmed lip rounded out the evening’s aesthetic. Vogue, "How Adut Akech Preps for a Pre-Holiday Soirée," 25 Oct. 2019 Inside the room, a strikingly long table made of wood and onyx sits below a raindrop chandelier with 1,500 Swarovski crystals. New York Times, "Democrats Sparred Over a Wine Cave Fund-Raiser. Its Billionaire Owner Isn’t Pleased.," 20 Dec. 2019 The Hall Rutherford wine caves in the hills of California's Napa Valley boast a chandelier with 1,500 Swarovski crystals, an onyx banquet table to reflect its luminescence and bottles of cabernet sauvignon that sell for as much as $900. NBC News, "'Wine cave': Inside Buttigieg's high-priced underground fundraiser," 20 Dec. 2019 Within just minutes of launching at 12 p.m. EST, the pants in dusk and onyx were already sold out, while the dusk tank was low in stock. Katie Intner, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian's SKIMS Cozy Loungewear Collection Is Finally Available - Shop It Now," 9 Dec. 2019 These relics flit constantly between reality and dream, each one made of a beautiful gemstone like aquamarine, sapphire, and (most importantly) onyx. Christian Holub, EW.com, "N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy is the best fantasy of the decade," 19 Nov. 2019 Manufacturers have started elevating designs to mimic exotic stone like onyx and gemstones. Washington Post, "`Like theater in tile form’: Tile’s patterns, designs expand," 13 Nov. 2019 The bandeau top retails for $20 and the bottoms for $22, adding that all her pieces are available in sizes XXS-4XL in onyx. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her New SKIMS Pieces in Sexy Photo Shoot," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of onyx

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for onyx

Middle English oniche, onyx, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin onych-, onyx, from Greek, literally, claw, nail — more at nail

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The first known use of onyx was in the 14th century

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9 Jan 2020

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“Onyx.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onyx. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of onyx

: a kind of stone that has straight lines of usually white and black or white and brown and that is used especially in jewelry

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