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 (sär-dŏn′ĭks, sär′dn-ĭks′)
An onyx with alternating brown and white bands of sard and other minerals.

[Middle English sardonix, probably from Latin sardonyx, from Greek sardonux : sardion, sard; see sard + onux, onyx, nail; see nogh- in Indo-European roots.]


(Minerals) a variety of chalcedony with alternating reddish-brown and white parallel bands, used as a gemstone. Formula: SiO2
[C14: via Latin from Greek sardonux, perhaps from sardion sardine2 + onux nail]


(sɑrˈdɒn ɪks, ˈsɑr dn-)

an onyx composed of layers of sard and chalcedony of another color, usu. white: used as a gem and to make cameos.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin < Greek sardónyx; see sard, onyx]
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Noun1.sardonyx - an onyx characterized by parallel layers of sard and a different colored mineralsardonyx - an onyx characterized by parallel layers of sard and a different colored mineral
onyx - a chalcedony with alternating black and white bands; used in making cameos
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