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prase

[preyz]
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noun Mineralogy.
  1. a leek-green cryptocrystalline variety of chalcedony.
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Origin of prase

1350–1400; < French < Latin prasius leek-green stone < Greek prásios leek-green, derivative of práson leek; replacing Middle English prassius < Latin, as above
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Historical Examples

  • The folks is all lawd in prase of my biskit which is no trubble at all to roll out.

    The Carter Girls

    Nell Speed

  • Chrysoprase and Prase are terms applied to an apple green to bright green chalcedony or compact, jasper-like form of quartz.

  • A fine specimen of prase when cut affords a fair imitation of the emerald.


British Dictionary definitions for prase

prase

noun
  1. a light green translucent variety of chalcedony
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Word Origin

C14: from French, from Latin prasius a leek-green stone, from Greek prasios, from prason a leek
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