Definitions for: Onyx
[n] a chalcedony with alternating black and white bands; used in making cameos
Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
See Also: calcedony, chalcedony, sardonyx
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Yes, the work comes out more beautiful from a material that resists the process, verse, marble, onyx, or enamel.-- Theophile Gautier (French Poet)
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