sar·​don·​yx sär-ˈdä-niks How to pronounce sardonyx (audio)
 also  ˈsär-də-niks
: an onyx having parallel layers of sard

Examples of sardonyx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During battle, Roman solider would wear sardonyx rings with Mars, the god of war, for protection. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 24 July 2023 It is mounted in yellow gold and carved in pink-colored sardonyx, the figure of a cupid seated on a rock, his ankle in chains, his arms and hands raised to his face, wiping away tears. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Yet the sardonyx into which all this was carved is about a half-inch thick. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2018

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Word History


Middle English sardonix, from Latin sardonyx, from Greek

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sardonyx was in the 14th century

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“Sardonyx.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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