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Definition of "carnelian" []

  • A pale to deep red or reddish-brown variety of clear chalcedony, used in jewelry. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "carnelian" in a sentence
  • "The orange stone is sometimes referred to as carnelian agate as, held up to the light, it exhibits the parallel banding typical of agates."
  • "The carnelian is a siliceous stone and a species of chalcedony."
  • "The gold of the ring is massive at the face, making a strong setting for the carnelian, which is engraved with the figure of a female bearing corn and fruit."