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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 Their design process drew inspiration from the naturalistic forms of a zen garden, resulting in two pieces carved in rich limestone, juxtaposed with an in-store exclusive red onyx option launching mid-May. Concetta Ciarlo, Vogue, 18 May 2022 Minwax also offers stains in indigo, emerald, onyx and more. Lindsey M. Roberts, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 The artists’ trippy influences are evident in the rose-gold and onyx rays forming the central motif of the necklace, which can be transformed into a brooch or a choker. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 As mentioned, the dial of the watch is shaped like the Batman emblem and is crafted of a single slab of pitch black onyx. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Above: Panthère Spicy earrings (left) and the Acraga earrings, both in coral, onyx, diamonds, and emeralds. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, 25 Apr. 2022 Two startling sculptures by the New York sculptor Barry X Ball stand ten feet high, one a ghostly distortion of Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietà, carved in translucent onyx. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Tile production technology has evolved to mimic onyx, marble and other treasured rocks without their upkeep, fragility, excavation or expense. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The Fishers’ main bathroom includes onyx accents in the shower and above the sink. Alina Dizik, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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31 May 2022

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“Onyx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onyx. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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