agate

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English[edit]

Agate

Etymology 1[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

agate (countable and uncountable, plural agates)

  1. (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.
  2. (uncountable, US, printing) 5.5-point size of type, larger than pearl and smaller than nonpareil; in England called ruby.
  3. (countable, obsolete) A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.
  4. (countable) A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.;—so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.
  5. (slang, usually in plural) A testicle.
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  • (printing): ruby (Britain)
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Etymology 2[edit]

a- (on) +‎ gate (way)

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Adverb[edit]

agate (not comparable)

  1. (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?)

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Adverb[edit]

agate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of agi

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

agate m (plural agates)

  1. agate

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Verb[edit]

agate

  1. adverbial present passive participle of agar

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agate f

  1. plural form of agata