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Definition of onyx

: a translucent chalcedony in parallel layers of different colors

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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 If that's not luxurious enough, the east wing is complete with his and her bathing suites with coordinating onyx and marble features. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This NYC Apartment Features Stunning Views Of Central Park For $39.5 Million," 30 Dec. 2018 In Paris, Kelela took a moment to show off a tower of coiffured coils juxtaposed by a section shaved bare, as DJ Venus X did with braids with beads—and a flick of onyx eyeliner. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams: Emily Ratajkowski Wins the Cat-Eye Competition (and More!)," 30 Sep. 2018 The necklace hits the market in February and is availble in two different styles: onyx and seabreeze. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Newest Fashion Tech for 2015," 7 Jan. 2015

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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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