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car·nel·ian

 (kär-nēl′yən) also cor·nel·ian (kôr-)
n.
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.]
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carnelian

(kɑːˈniːljən)
n
(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]
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car•nel•ian

(kɑrˈnil yən)

also cornelian



n.
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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carnelian - a translucent red or orange variety of chalcedony
calcedony, chalcedony - a milky or greyish translucent to transparent quartz
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Translations

carnelian

[kɑːˈniːljən] ncornalina
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References in classic literature ?
"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.