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chrysoprase

[kris-uh-preyz]
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noun Mineralogy.
  1. a green variety of chalcedony, sometimes used as a gem.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

  • He had one of the finest collections of chrysoprase in the world.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

  • So he determined to shut himself up in his study and shuffle the chrysoprase.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

  • You fling aside from your arms, as worthless, amethyst and emerald and chrysoprase.

    Around The Tea-Table

    T. De Witt Talmage


British Dictionary definitions for chrysoprase

chrysoprase

noun
  1. an apple-green variety of chalcedony: a gemstone
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Word Origin

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