See also: Agate

EnglishEdit

 
Agate

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle French agathe, from Latin achatēs, from Ancient Greek ἀχάτης (akhátēs, agate).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈæɡ.ət/
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  • Rhymes: -æɡət
 
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NounEdit

agate (countable and uncountable, plural agates)

  1. (countable, uncountable, mineralogy) A semitransparent, uncrystallized silicate mineral and semiprecious stone, presenting various tints in the same specimen, with colors delicately arranged and often curved in parallel alternating dark and light stripes or bands, or blended in clouds; various authorities call it a variety of chalcedony, a variety of quartz, or a combination of the two.
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 3, page 9:
      The ends of the veil, drawn over her head, were embroidered with silver; she had long gold ear-rings; to a rich and large gold chain was suspended a cross set with precious stones; and over the arm of her chair hung a rosary of agate beads.
  2. (uncountable, US printing, dated) The size of type between pearl and nonpareil, standardized as 5+12-point.
  3. (countable, typography) One fourteenth of an inch
  4. (countable, obsolete) A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.
  5. (countable) A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.;—so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.
  6. (countable) A marble made from agate.
  7. (slang, usually in the plural) A testicle.
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Etymology 2Edit

a- (on) +‎ gate (way)

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

agate (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) On the way; agoing.

BasqueEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Basque *anate, from Latin anatem (duck).

PronunciationEdit

  • (Biscayan) IPA(key): /aɡate/, [a.ɣ̞a.t̪e̞]

NounEdit

agate inan

  1. (Biscayan) Alternative form of ahate.

EsperantoEdit

AdverbEdit

agate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of agi

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

agate f (plural agates)

  1. agate

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agate

  1. adverbial present passive participle of agar

ItalianEdit

NounEdit

agate f

  1. plural of agata

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Mezquital OtomiEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Spanish ágata, from Old French agathe, from Latin achates, from Ancient Greek ἀχάτης (akhátēs).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ǎgáte

  1. agate

ReferencesEdit

  • Hernández Cruz, Luis; Victoria Torquemada, Moisés (2010) Diccionario del hñähñu (otomí) del Valle del Mezquital, estado de Hidalgo (Serie de vocabularios y diccionarios indígenas “Mariano Silva y Aceves”; 45)‎[1] (in Spanish), second edition, Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., page 3

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EtymologyEdit

a- (on) +‎ gate

AdverbEdit

agate (not comparable)

  1. On the road, afoot, going about
  2. away

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