Definitions for onyxˈɒn ɪks, ˈoʊ nɪks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

on•yxˈɒn ɪks, ˈoʊ nɪks(n.)

  1. a variety of chalcedony having straight parallel bands of alternating colors.

    Category: Mineralogy

  2. (not in technical use) an unbanded chalcedony dyed for ornamental purposes.

    Category: Mineralogy

  3. black, esp. a pure or jet black.

  4. (adj.)black, esp. jet black.

Origin of onyx:

1250–1300; ME onix < L onyx < Gk ónyx nail, claw, veined gem

Princeton's WordNet

  1. onyx(noun)

    a chalcedony with alternating black and white bands; used in making cameos


  1. onyx(Noun)

    A banded variety of chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline form of quartz.

  2. onyx(Adjective)



  1. Onyx

    Onyx is a banded variety of chalcedony. The colors of its bands range from white to almost every color. Commonly, specimens of onyx contain bands of black and/or white.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Onyx

    a variety of agate or chalcedony, in which occur even layers of white and black or white and brown, sharply defined in good specimens; they come from India, and are highly valued for cameo-cutting.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of precious stone with layers of different colours

The ashtray is made of onyx; (also adjective) an onyx ashtray.

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