Word of the Day – Carnelian

By November 8, 2018 Word of the Day

Carnelian (noun)


A semi-precious stone consisting of a dull red or reddish-white variety of chalcedony (quartz)

Late Middle English: from Old French corneline; the prefix car- being suggested by Latin caro, carn- ‘flesh’.

Example sentences

“She wore carnelian beads and smelled of salt water.”

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