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 (kär-nēl′yən) also cor·nel·ian (kôr-)
A pale to deep red or reddish-brown variety of clear chalcedony, used in jewelry.

[Middle English corneline, from Old French, from cornel, cornel, from Latin cornus.]


(Minerals) a red or reddish-yellow translucent variety of chalcedony, used as a gemstone
[C17: variant of cornelian, from Old French corneline, of uncertain origin; car- spelling influenced by Latin carneus flesh-coloured]


(kɑrˈnil yən)

also cornelian

a reddish variety of chalcedony used in jewelry.
[1685–95; variant (with a of carnation) of cornelian < Middle French, probably < Old French cornele cornel cherry]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carnelian - a translucent red or orange variety of chalcedony
calcedony, chalcedony - a milky or greyish translucent to transparent quartz


[kɑːˈniːljən] ncornalina
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Susie Perkins came to school today with a lovely red carnelian ring.
I didn't envy her then, for I felt that millions of carnelian rings wouldn't have made me happy after that.
One discovered that money couldn't keep shame and sorrow out of rich people's houses, another that, though she was poor, she was a great deal happier, with her youth, health, and good spirits, than a certain fretful, feeble old lady who couldn't enjoy her comforts, a third that, disagreeable as it was to help get dinner, it was harder still to go begging for it and the fourth, that even carnelian rings were not so valuable as good behavior.
Alta Loma Dental Care is located at 7283 Carnelian Street in Rancho Cucamonga.
The car is available in a range of colours, such as White Orchid Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Golden Brown Metallic and Carnelian Red Pearl.
Turkmen decorations, meanwhile, are massive with a clearly readable silhouette and plenty of charms; they are decorated with gilt and engraved with inlays of carnelian," the statement said.
It has been suggested that the distinctive forms of these artefacts, and the use of materials such as carnelian and faience, not only reflect the borderland origins of the Zhou themselves, but also attest to an enduring interactive relationship between ancient China, its neighbours, and a wider Eurasian world (Rawson 1996, 2008, 2010, 2013a & b; Braghin 1998; Salviati 2002; Huang 2012; Hommel et al.
Other items in demand include religious pamphlets containing special prayers, dates, bottles of Zamzam water, copies of the Qur'an, children's accessories, Qur'an audio cassettes, religious books, and several items of precious stones, such as carnelian and amber.
The iron was strung into a necklace together with other exotic minerals such as lapis lazuli, gold and carnelian.
He lists carnelian, flax, russet and acid green as the hottest hues, and predicts that 2008 will be the year that blue makes a strong return.
The associated material--some slag, haematite, unworked carnelian and mother of pearl, metal tools, and finished pieces of flit and jasper jewellery--indicate an outdoor production area.
The water will flow over a wall of carnelian granite, which is reddish black in color and has been split, not cut, to give it a rough face.