Definition of sardonyx in English:

sardonyx

Line breaks: sard|onyx
Pronunciation: /ˈsɑːdənɪks
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Onyx in which white layers alternate with sard.
    More example sentences
    • Early cameos are carved from hardstones such as onyx, sardonyx, or agate, while later a number of less expensive substances were used that were also easier to carve.
    • Stones and metals fall under the rulership of planets, not signs, but through its association with Mercury, Virgo is often linked with agate, sardonyx and stones of diverse colours.
    • For example, the dragon serving as a handle to a lapis lazuli cup was borrowed from a sardonyx cup in the Louvre, embellished in about 1630 by a mount attributed to a Parisian goldsmith.

Origin

Middle English: via Latin from Greek sardonux, probably from sardios 'sardius' + onux 'onyx'.

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