onyx

noun
on·​yx | \ˈä-niks \

Definition of onyx 

: a translucent chalcedony in parallel layers of different colors

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Black tourmaline, onyx, hematite and smoky quartz are all renowned among believers for their ability to protect, ground, and cleanse. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 The earliest Alhambras were done in creased gold and black onyx, but ivory and wood soon followed (neither is now available), as did the signature stone styles like malachite, lapis, and carnelian. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Behind the Legendary Good Fortune of Van Cleef's Alhambra," 1 Oct. 2018 The traditional design features marble, onyx and brass finishes. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Real-Estate Magnate’s NYC Townhouse Sale Is Among 2018’s Priciest," 17 Aug. 2018 With her undeniably buoyant approach and a scene-stealing physique that offered proof of diligence, Ross looked every inch the Anderson devotee—though her bound and voluminous onyx curls were every inch her own. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Tracee Ellis Ross Has a Better Body Than Most 20 Year Olds—And This Workout is Why," 27 June 2018 Her oven backsplash was salvaged ivory-color tile and the countertops a milky onyx. Hayley Krischer, New York Times, "Leanne Ford Explores the Many Shades of White," 8 May 2018 The master bath is a dream, with onyx and 18 carat gold fixtures. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "It's Shore time: Some of the most expensive homes on the Brigantine market," 4 June 2018 Floors will be red oak, and Gehry plans to use frosted glass, felt, steel, leather, bronze, and onyx. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Architect Frank Gehry to design Art Museum restaurant," 10 July 2018 Elevator cabs clad in backlit slabs of rose and green onyx suggest medieval reliquaries. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018

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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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onyx

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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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