moss agate

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noun

a kind of agate or chalcedony containing brown or black mosslike dendritic markings from various impurities.

Origin of moss agate

First recorded in 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for moss agate

  • There was blood upon that moon, and all the shores were like veins in moss-agate and the sea like oil.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska|Charles Warren Stoddard
  • His soft eyes hardened and the moss-agate look came into them.

    Fore!|Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • The governing planet of the month is Venus, and the gems are moss-agate and emerald.

British Dictionary definitions for moss agate

moss agate


noun

a variety of chalcedony with dark greenish mossy markings, used as a gemstone
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