- a red or reddish variety of chalcedony, used in jewelry.
Origin of carnelian
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Examples from the Web for carnelian
Round the bones of the arm were carnelian beads of short barrel shape.El Kab
Carnelian is a red variety of chalcedony, sard a brown variety.
It is of alabaster, inlaid with agate, carnelian, and jasper.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter
Our favorite resorts, and it is so with all tourists, were Emerald and Carnelian Bays.
No sandstones of the East glow with such a splendor of carnelian hue.My Native Land
- a red or reddish-yellow translucent variety of chalcedony, used as a gemstone
C17: variant of cornelian, from Old French corneline, of uncertain origin; car- spelling influenced by Latin carneus flesh-coloured
Word Origin and History for carnelian
"red variety of chalcedony," variant of cornelian, altered by influence of Latin carnem "flesh" because of its color.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper