Origin of onyx
Examples from the Web for onyx
By contrast this cup is made of gold, onyx, precious stones, and the stone agate.Spain’s New ‘Holy Grail’: Jesus Couldn’t Afford That Kind of Bling|Candida Moss|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The 1952 onyx & diamond panther bracelet sold for $7,036,874, the highest ever paid for a bracelet or any Cartier at auction.
At the Men of ONYX booth, I decided to give the Butt Plug Toss a whirl.
The huge reception hall was trimmed from floor to dome in onyx and gold.The Root of Evil|Thomas Dixon
"I dare say you never saw an onyx clock floating around," I replied a little sharply.The Case of Jennie Brice|Mary Roberts Rinehart
It is there described as of onyx or amethyst, wherein was discerned a representation of the flowers that budded on his rod.Finger-Ring Lore|William Jones
He bade Philostratus approach and compare the features of Roxana, as carved in the onyx, with those of the young supplicant.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete|Georg Ebers
Among the gems in the British Museum there is an onyx which has been hollowed out to form a receptacle for poison.Poison Romance and Poison Mysteries|C. J. S. Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for onyx
Word Origin for onyx
Word Origin and History for onyx
mid-13c., from Old French oniche "onyx" (12c.), and directly from Latin onyx (genitive onychis), from Greek onyx "onyx-stone," originally "claw, fingernail" (see nail (n.)). So called because the mineral's color sometimes resembles that of a fingernail, pink with white streaks.