- (usually initial capital letter) designating various gems that are varieties of corundum: Oriental aquamarine; Oriental ruby.
- fine or precious; orient: oriental agate; oriental garnet.
- designating certain natural saltwater pearls found especially in Asia.
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Red porphyry--verde antique--jasper--oriental agate--alabaster--mother-of-pearl--chalcedony--red coral--lapis lazuli!The Innocents Abroad|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But you has 'em shipped by freight, an' aims to spend a dollar an' thirty cents each on 'em, by markin' 'em 'Oriental Goods.'Captain Scraggs|Peter B. Kyne
His features and air are not so much Roman as oriental--thine are purely Roman.Zenobia|William Ware
The 'Oriental' has twenty-two spirited engravings of 'Scenes in India,' many of which are very superior.