Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An apple-green chalcedony used as a gemstone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A variety of light-green translucent quartz.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An apple-green variety of chalcedony, colored by nickel. It has a dull flinty luster, and is sometimes used in jewelry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of chalcedony commonly apple-green in color and often extremely beautiful, so that it is much esteemed in jewelry.
  • n. The ancient name of a golden-green precious stone, now generally believed to have been a variety of the beryl or possibly a green variety of fluor-spar (chlorophane), which possesses the properly of shining in the dark or by the heat of the hand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a green variety of chalcedony valued as a gemstone

Etymologies

Middle English crisopase, from Old French crisopras, from Latin chrȳsoprasus, from Greek khrūsoprasos : khrūso-, chryso- + prason, leek; see praseodymium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The most dangerous troll in Ankh-Morpork.

    February 8, 2012

  • Wow. This is one beautiful word! And the meaning's not bad either.

    I think most words with "chryso-" in them are quite pleasing, and it isn't necessarily because of the sound--because "crisso" is not as pleasant.

    October 18, 2007