chrysoprase

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chrysoprase a green variety of chalcedony valued as a gemstone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chrysoprase (Min) An apple-green variety of chalcedony, colored by nickel. It has a dull flinty luster, and is sometimes used in jewelry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chrysoprase A variety of chalcedony commonly apple-green in color and often extremely beautiful, so that it is much esteemed in jewelry. It is translucent, or sometimes semi-transparent, and of a hardness little inferior to that of flint.
    • n chrysoprase The ancient name of a golden-green precious stone, now generally believed to have been a variety of the beryl or possibly a green variety of fluor-spar (chlorophane), which possesses the properly of shining in the dark or by the heat of the hand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chrysoprase kris′o-prāz a variety of chalcedony:
    • n Chrysoprase kris′o-prāz (B.) a yellowish-green stone, nature unknown.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. crisopace, OF. crisoprace, F. chrysoprase, L. chrysoprasus, fr. Gr. ; chryso`s gold + leek
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. chrysos, and prason, a leek.

Usage

In literature:

It had been chrysoprase, then it turned to aquamarine, and that to the bright full green of an emerald.
"A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains" by Isabella L. Bird
GUIDE, in amethysts, beryls, chrysoprases, and garnets.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
He had one of the finest collections of chrysoprase in the world.
"The Drums Of Jeopardy" by Harold MacGrath
The walls were of coral, the roof of jadestone and chrysoprase, and the floors were of the finest mother-of-pearl.
"Japanese Fairy Tales" by Yei Theodora Ozaki
The saffron became fire; the fire lit up a heaven of chrysoprase and rose.
"The Wild Olive" by Basil King
You fling aside from your arms, as worthless, amethyst and emerald and chrysoprase.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
It was a lovely day: the fogs were rolling off the water, and disclosed a sea of chrysoprase beneath.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878" by Various
Everything that's best of grass and clouds and chrysoprase.
"Hortus Inclusus" by John Ruskin
Her eyes rekindled and shone like chrysoprases.
"Clarimonde" by Théophile Gautier
Chrysoprase is a mineral of rather limited distribution.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
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In poetry:

Vainly ye seek to escape
The toil! The yielding phrase
Ye shape
Is clay, not chrysoprase.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
IN domes of dim and ancient gold,
In cloisters, where the lightning plays,
Where gleam the gorgeous saints of old
In aisles of jade and chrysoprase,
In halls that wave like waving water,
Still moves the voice of Ocean's daughter.
"Venice" by Herbert Ashley Asquith