chrysoprase

[ kris-uh-preyz ]
/ ˈkrɪs əˌpreɪz /
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noun Mineralogy.

a green variety of chalcedony, sometimes used as a gem.

Nearby words

  1. chrysomelid,
  2. chrysomonad,
  3. chrysomyia,
  4. chrysophenine,
  5. chrysophyte,
  6. chrysops,
  7. chrysostom,
  8. chrysotherapy,
  9. chrysotile,
  10. chrétien

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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British Dictionary definitions for chrysoprase

chrysoprase

/ (ˈkrɪsəˌpreɪz) /

noun

an apple-green variety of chalcedony: a gemstone

Word Origin for chrysoprase

C13 crisopace, from Old French, from Latin chrӯsoprasus, from Greek khrusoprasos, from chryso- + prason leek

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