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See also: Agate
- (countable, uncountable, mineralogy) A semi-pellucid, uncrystallized variety of quartz, presenting various tints in the same specimen, with colors delicately arranged in stripes or bands, or blended in clouds.
- (uncountable, US, printing) 5.5-point size of type, larger than pearl and smaller than nonpareil; in England called ruby.
- (countable, obsolete) A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.
- (countable) A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.;—so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.
- (printing): ruby (Britain)
agate (not comparable)
- (obsolete) On the way; agoing.
- to be agate; to set the bells agate
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Cotgrave to this entry?)
- present adverbial passive participle of agi
agate m (plural agates)
- Plural form of agata