carnelian

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Carnelian (1)
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Etymology[edit]

From cornelian, the red form named carneolus under the influence of Latin carneus "fleshy" because of its color.[1]

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carnelian (countable and uncountable, plural carnelians)

  1. (mineralogy) A hard, reddish brown chalcedony; used in jewelery,
    • 1952 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, carnelian, topaz, and jasper, chrysolite, beryl, and onyx, sapphire, carbuncle, and emerald; and wrought in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. — Ezekiel 28:13 RSV.

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  1. ^ James D. Dana: Dana's System of Mineralogy. Volume III Seventh edition, revised by Clifford Frondel. John Wiley & Sons, 1962