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Definition of Onyx

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semi-precious stone with alternating layers of color (black and white variety is often used to make cameo brooches); milky quartz with bands of color
Onyx Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
JM Latin-English Dictionary
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yellow marble; onyx box
Onyx Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
Chalcedony in parallel layers of different shades of color. It is used for making cameos, the figure being cut in one layer with the next as a ground.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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onyx
\o"nyx\ (?), n. [l., fr. gr. &?; a claw, finger nail, a veined gem. see nail, and cf. onycha.] (min.) chalcedony in parallel layers of different shades of color. it is used for making cameos, the figure being cut in one layer with the next as a ground.
onyx
marble, a banded variety of marble or calcium carbonate resembling onyx. it is obtained from mexico.


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WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a chalcedony with alternating black and white bands; used in making cameos
(hypernym) chalcedony, calcedony
(hyponym) sardonyx
Onyx Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Company Info: Ticker, Name, Description
Onyx Acceptance Corporation
Exchange: Nasdaq
Purchases, secures and services motor vehicle retail installment contracts originated by franchised and select independent automobile dealerships primarily on sales of late model used cars; And originates motor vehicle loans on a direct basis to consumers throughout the united states.
ONYX Software Corporation
Exchange: Nasdaq
Provides enterprise relationship management software solutions, which automate the key functions which enable enterprises to acquire, manage and retain customers, partners and other relationships.
ONYX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Exchange: Nasdaq
Discovers and develops novel therapeutics based upon the genetics of human disease, with emphasis on cancer.
Onyx Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
US Zip Codes
State: CALIFORNIA
City: ONYX
Onyx Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Developed by French developer Joël Barrière, OnyX is a popular freeware utility for Mac OS X and is compatible with both PowerPC and Intel processors. As a multifunctional tool for maintenance and optimization, it can control many basic Unix programs already built into OS X, including setting hidden preferences otherwise modified by using property list editors and the command line.

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Onyx is a banded variety of chalcedony. The colors of its bands range from white to almost every color (save some shades, such as purple or blue). Commonly, specimens of onyx contain bands of black and/or white.

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Onyx Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Onyx Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
a hail; claw; hoof, (Heb. shoham), a precious stone adorning the breast-plate of the high priest and the shoulders of the ephod (Ex. 28:9-12, 20; 35:27; Job 28:16; Ezek. 28:13). It was found in the land of Havilah (Gen. 2:12). The LXX. translates the Hebrew word by smaragdos, an emerald. Some think that the sardonyx is meant. But the onyx differs from the sardonyx in this, that while the latter has two layers (black and white) the former has three (black, white, and red).
Smith's Bible Dictionary

(a nail) is the translation of the Hebrew shoham ; but there is some doubt as to its signification. Some writers believe that the "beryl" is intended; but the balance of authority is in favor of some variety of the onyx. ("The onyx is not a transparent stone, but as the color of the flesh appears through the nail (Greek onyx) on the human body, so the reddish mass which is below shines delicately through the whitish surface of the onyx. There are several varieties. White and reddish stripes alternating form the sardonyx; white and reddish gray, the chalcedony. When polished it has a fine lustre, and is easily wrought into a gem of great beauty."-Rosenmiller.
  
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