Definition of carnelian in English:


Line breaks: car|ne¦lian
Pronunciation: /kɑːˈniːlɪən
(also cornelian)


[mass noun]
  • 1A semi-precious stone consisting of a dull red or reddish-white variety of chalcedony (quartz): [as modifier]: carnelian beads
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    • Other common stones are carnelians, which are a semi-opaque reddish orange, and turquoise from Iraq, which is sky blue.
    • Another coiffure ornament from the 1904 display, now vanished but shown in the center of Plate V, consisted of silver filigree, carnelians, garnets, and enamel blackberries and leaves.
    • The berries are an unusual creation of repousse silver covered in enamel and interspersed with carved carnelians and Mexican opals.
  • 1.1A dull red colour.
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    • I ordered two of these blankets, one in Carnelian and the other in Brown.


late Middle English: from Old French corneline; the prefix car- being suggested by Latin caro, carn- 'flesh'.

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