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chrysoprase Line breaks: chryso|prase
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪsə(ʊ)preɪz/

Definition of chrysoprase in English:


[mass noun]
1An apple-green gemstone consisting of a variety of chalcedony that contains nickel.
Example sentences
  • In their day, pieces were decorated with enamels or semi-precious stones, and the jewellery adorned by amethysts, chrysoprase and moonstones and more - chosen for their artistic merits rather than value.
  • It is set with three bunches of grapes made from carved chrysoprase.
  • Bright green chrysoprase is very expensive, while Russian amber is so expensive, it's paid for by the gram.


Middle English (denoting a precious stone in the New Testament): from Old French crisopace, via Latin from Greek khrusoprasos, from khrusos 'gold' + prason 'leek'.

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