Mexican onyx
Onyx O"nyx, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? a claw, finger nail, a veined gem. See {Nail}, and cf. {Onycha}.] 1. (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. [1913 Webster]

2. Same as {Mexican onyx}. [PJC]

3. A deep jet-black color. [PJC]

{Onyx marble}, {Mexican onyx}, a banded variety of marble or calcium carbonate resembling onyx. It is obtained from Mexico in various colors ranging from white to deep black. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Mexican onyx — noun a hard compact kind of calcite • Syn: ↑alabaster, ↑oriental alabaster, ↑onyx marble • Hypernyms: ↑calcite * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized M : alabast …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mexican onyx — Mineral. a translucent, banded variety of calcite, used for ornamental and decorative pieces. Also called onyx marble. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • mexican onyx —    See onyx marble …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • Onyx — O nyx, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? a claw, finger nail, a veined gem. See {Nail}, and cf. {Onycha}.] 1. (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Onyx marble — Onyx O nyx, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? a claw, finger nail, a veined gem. See {Nail}, and cf. {Onycha}.] 1. (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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mexican jade — Mexican onyx artificially colored green. * * * …   Universalium

  • Mexican jade — Mexican onyx artificially colored green …   Useful english dictionary

  • onyx — /on iks, oh niks/, n. 1. Mineral. a variety of chalcedony having straight parallel bands of alternating colors. Cf. Mexican onyx. 2. (not used technically) an unbanded chalcedony dyed for ornamental purposes. 3. black, esp. a pure or jet black. 4 …   Universalium

  • onyx marble —    Translucent layers of calcium carbonate from cave deposits, often called Mexican onyx or cave onyx; used as an ornamental stone [10] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • onyx marble — 1. See Mexican onyx. 2. any compact, banded calcareous tufa that can be given a high polish. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

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