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carnelian

[ kahr-neel-yuhn ]
/ kɑrˈnil yən /
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noun

a red or reddish variety of chalcedony, used in jewelry.

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Origin of carnelian

1685–95; variant (with a of carnation) of cornelian,Middle English cornel(ine) (<Middle French, probably equivalent to Old French cornele cornel cherry + -ine-ine1) + -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for carnelian

carnelian
/ (kɑːˈniːljən) /

noun

a red or reddish-yellow translucent variety of chalcedony, used as a gemstone

Word Origin for carnelian

C17: variant of cornelian, from Old French corneline, of uncertain origin; car- spelling influenced by Latin carneus flesh-coloured
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