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, dated) The size of type between pearl and nonpareil, standardized as 5½-point.
  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, chiefly in the plural) A testicle.
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  • (type size): (UK) ruby
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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 of agata