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[kawr-neel-yuh n]
  1. carnelian.
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Historical Examples of cornelian

  • Among the chalcedonies are the sardonyx, agates, and cornelian.

    Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia

    Thomas Forester

  • Other specimens imitated jade or agate or cornelian or some other stone.

  • Cornelian exists in large quantities in the mountain-rivers of Bedakhshan.

  • Ordinary stones, such as the cornelian and amethyst, were still there.

  • The cornelian when found, was returned to Byron, but apparently in a broken condition.


    Richard Edgcumbe

British Dictionary definitions for cornelian


  1. a variant spelling of carnelian
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Word Origin and History for cornelian


"red variety of chalcedony," a variant of corneline (c.1400), from Old French corneline (Modern French cornaline), diminutive of corneola, probably from Vulgar Latin *cornea, from Latin cornus, name of a type of berry (see cornel).

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