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on·yx

 (ŏn′ĭks)
n.
A chalcedony that occurs in bands of different colors and is used as a gemstone, especially in cameos and intaglios.

[Middle English onix, from Old French, from Latin onyx, from Greek onux, nail, onyx; see nogh- in Indo-European roots.]

onyx

(ˈɒnɪks)
n
1. (Minerals) a variety of chalcedony with alternating black and white parallel bands, used as a gemstone. Formula: SiO2
2. (Minerals) a compact variety of calcite used as an ornamental stone; onyx marble. Formula: CaCO3
[C13: from Latin from Greek: fingernail (so called from its veined appearance)]

on•yx

(ˈɒn ɪks, ˈoʊ nɪks)

n.
1. a variety of chalcedony having straight parallel bands of alternating colors.
2. (not in technical use) an unbanded chalcedony dyed for ornamental purposes.
3. black, esp. a pure or jet black.
adj.
4. black, esp. jet black.
[1250–1300; Middle English onix < Latin onyx < Greek ónyx nail, claw, veined gem]

on·yx

(ŏn′ĭks)
A type of quartz that occurs in bands of different colors, often black and white.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.onyx - a chalcedony with alternating black and white bandsonyx - a chalcedony with alternating black and white bands; used in making cameos
calcedony, chalcedony - a milky or greyish translucent to transparent quartz
sardonyx - an onyx characterized by parallel layers of sard and a different colored mineral

onyx

adjective
Of the darkest achromatic visual value:
Translations
مَرْمَر
onyks
ónix
ónyx
oniksas
onikss
ônix
ónyxónyxový
damarlı akik

onyx

[ˈɒnɪks] Nónice m, ónix m

onyx

[ˈɒnɪks] nonyx m

onyx

nOnyx m
adjOnyx-; onyx jewellery (Brit) or jewelry (US) → Onyxschmuck m

onyx

[ˈɒnɪks] nonice f

onyx

(ˈoniks) noun
a type of precious stone with layers of different colours. The ashtray is made of onyx; (also adjective) an onyx ashtray.
References in classic literature ?
Archer turned from the fascinated contemplation of a small painting representing two Cardinals carousing, in an octagonal ebony frame set with medallions of onyx.
Dirkovitch's dull green uniform was the only dark spot at the board, but his big onyx eyes made up for it.
His eyes turned up at the corners and looked like little slits of onyx.