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Definition of onyx

: a translucent chalcedony in parallel layers of different colors

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Schwartz re-set the earrings for Meghan and added removable onyx jackets. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Made an Elegant Update to Her Go-To Earrings," 16 July 2019 Indoor amenities include a movie theater, a game room, an onyx wet bar and a wellness center. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Top Sales: Bel-Air estate of daytime soap great pulls in $31 million," 12 July 2019 With onyx along the lash line, extending in a wing that swung outward from each eye, Prinsloo also applied liquid liner on the inner corners alone, leaving the waterline untouched. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Behati Prinsloo Has the Simplest Trick for Cool-Girl Eyeliner," 6 June 2019 Model and designer Tylynn Nguyen caught some good lighting and showed off coral cheeks, glossed lips, and structured onyx eyeliner thanks to the magical hands of makeup artist Zara Kaplan. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Gabrielle Union, Pharrell, and More," 2 June 2019 The master bath offers a large shower, onyx counters with double sinks and the original 1920s tile floor. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Stunning home a City of Houston landmark," 16 June 2019 At the city’s Royal Academy of Arts, the industry-insider casting continued with artist Conie Valesse opening the show, her dark hair slicked off of her face and fastened with a faceted onyx clip that nodded at the beading on her sheer trench. Vogue, "Simone Rocha Crowned Chloe Sevigny in Her Signature Sparkling Hair Accessories," 16 Feb. 2019 Fashioned inside and out of smooth, mirror-like silver trimmed with green gold, the casket is set with 86 pearls, 88 black onyx stones and 143 matched purple amethysts. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork’ Review: All That Glitters," 28 Nov. 2018 The cat, in gold and onyx, was perched right above the enormous stone. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How the Cartier Panther Became a Jewelry Icon," 20 Mar. 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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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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