- a green variety of chalcedony, sometimes used as a gem.
Origin of chrysoprase
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin chrȳsoprasus < Greek chrȳsóprasos, equivalent to chrȳso- chryso- + prás(on) leek + -os noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for chrysoprase
They dart like breathing bits Of chrysoprase and sard o' the sun.The Mortal Gods and Other Plays
Olive Tilford Dargan
He gathered the chrysoprase and restored the stones to the canvas bag.
He had one of the finest collections of chrysoprase in the world.
So he determined to shut himself up in his study and shuffle the chrysoprase.
You fling aside from your arms, as worthless, amethyst and emerald and chrysoprase.Around The Tea-Table
T. De Witt Talmage
- an apple-green variety of chalcedony: a gemstone
C13 crisopace, from Old French, from Latin chrӯsoprasus, from Greek khrusoprasos, from chryso- + prason leek