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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.
- 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.
- (uncountable, US printing, dated) The size of type between pearl and nonpareil, standardized as 5 1⁄2-point.
- (countable, typography) One fourteenth of an inch
- (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.
- (countable) A marble made from agate.
- (slang, usually in the plural) A testicle.
agate (not comparable)
- (Biscayan) Alternative form of .
- present adverbial passive participle of agi
agate m (plural agates)
- “agate” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- adverbial present passive participle of agar
- plural of