agate

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English[edit]

Agate

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈæɡ.ət/
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  • Rhymes: -æɡət
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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.
    • 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.
  2. (uncountable, US printing, dated) The size of type between pearl and nonpareil, standardized as 5+12-point.
  3. (countable, typography) One fourteenth of an inch
  4. (countable, obsolete) A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.
  5. (countable) A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.;—so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.
  6. (countable) A marble made from agate.
  7. (slang, usually in the plural) A testicle.
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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.

Basque[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Basque *anate, from Latin anatem (duck).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Biscayan) IPA(key): /aɡate/, [a.ɣ̞a.t̪e̞]

Noun[edit]

agate inan

  1. (Biscayan) Alternative form of ahate.

Esperanto[edit]

Adverb[edit]

agate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of agi

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

agate m (plural agates)

  1. agate

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Ido[edit]

Verb[edit]

agate

  1. adverbial present passive participle of agar

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

agate f

  1. plural of agata

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Mezquital Otomi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish ágata, from Old French agathe, from Latin achates, from Ancient Greek ἀχάτης (akhátēs).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ǎgáte

  1. agate

References[edit]

  • Hernández Cruz, Luis; Victoria Torquemada, Moisés (2010) Diccionario del hñähñu (otomí) del Valle del Mezquital, estado de Hidalgo (Serie de vocabularios y diccionarios indígenas “Mariano Silva y Aceves”; 45)‎[1] (in Spanish), second edition, Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., page 3