onyx

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

onyx (countable and uncountable, plural onyxes)

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

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Adjective[edit]

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 []

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References[edit]

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

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

onyyx m (genitive onychis); third declension

  1. onyx, yellow marble

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

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

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

onyx m (plural onyx)

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