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onyx

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Before 1300 as onix, in about 1250 as oneche, from Old French oniche or onix, from Latin onyx, from Ancient Greek ὄνυξ (onyx).[1]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

onyx (countable and uncountable, plural onyxes)

  1. (mineralogy) A banded variety of chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline form of quartz.

TranslationsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

onyx (not comparable)

  1. jet-black
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version)[1], Genesis, 2:12
      And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 3/7/2, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[2]:
      There was no moon, only stars set brilliantly in the soft black onyx of the sky : a black night and very silent on Cimiez ; and a black and silent prospect from the verandah []

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988

LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

onyyx m (genitive onychis); third declension

  1. onyx, yellow marble

InflectionEdit

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative onyx onychēs
genitive onychis onychum
dative onychī onychibus
accusative onychem onychēs
ablative onyche onychibus
vocative onyx onychēs

PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

onyx m (plural onyx)

  1. obsolete spelling of ónix (used in Portugal until September 1911 and died out in Brazil during the 1920s).