Definition of chrysoprase in English:


Syllabification: chrys·o·prase
Pronunciation: /ˈkrisəˌprāz


  • 1An apple-green variety of chalcedony containing nickel, used as a gemstone.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1(In the New Testament) a golden-green precious stone, perhaps a variety of beryl.


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

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