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 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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  • 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

  • onyx marble — noun a hard compact kind of calcite • Syn: ↑alabaster, ↑oriental alabaster, ↑Mexican onyx • Hypernyms: ↑calcite …   Useful english dictionary

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  • onyx marble — noun banded calcite or other stone used as a decorative material …   English new terms dictionary

  • 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 — [än′iks] n. [ME onix < OFr < L onyx < Gr, the NAIL: its color resembles that of the fingernail] 1. a variety of agate with alternate colored layers, used as a semiprecious stone, esp. in making cameos 2. a translucent, finely crystalline …   English World dictionary

  • marble — marbler, n. /mahr beuhl/, n., adj., v., marbled, marbling. n. 1. metamorphosed limestone, consisting chiefly of recrystallized calcite or dolomite, capable of taking a high polish, occurring in a wide range of colors and variegations and used in… …   Universalium

  • Marble — /mahr beuhl/, n. Alice, 1913 90, U.S. tennis player. * * * Granular limestone or dolomite that has recrystallized under the influence of heat, pressure, and aqueous solutions. The main mineral in marble is calcite. Commercially, marble includes… …   Universalium

  • 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

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