Definitions

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

  • n. A clear or translucent, deep orange-red to brownish-red variety of chalcedony. Also called sardius.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A variety of carnelian, of a rich reddish yellow or brownish red color.
  • n. Any of various brownish red earth pigments formerly used in cosmetics and painting; has more yellow, hardly any blue (see puce), is lighter than russet and darker than traditional carnelian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A variety of carnelian, of a rich reddish yellow or brownish red color. See the Note under Chalcedony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of carnelian which shows on its surface a rich reddish brown, but when held to the light appears of a deep blood-red. Also called sardoin.

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

  • n. a deep orange-red variety of chalcedony

Etymologies

Middle English sarde, from Old French, from Latin sarda, perhaps from Sardīs, Sardis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The sard is the carnelian, while the sardonyx is a species of onyx.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • The sard, which is probably the stone denoted by odem, is a superior variety of agate, sometimes called camelian, and has long been a favorite stone for the engraver's art.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • To calm me down on hot days, or when I was particularly temperamental, cucumber and yogurt dip combined with white basmati rice was a good sard remedy.

    Marsha Mehran talks about Pomegranate Soup

  • Foods, like people, are believed to have natures, hot or cold, garm or sard.

    Marsha Mehran talks about Pomegranate Soup

  • In the end she had opted for muted colors—sard for brown, yellow limestone the brightest of her choices, a dull green jasper, and the sharp black-olive of bloodstone.

    Shadow Princess

  • The false cenotaph in the public upper chamber was in white marble, the color of freshly drawn milk, inlaid profusely with stylized flowers in tiers—a lapis lazuli blue, a jasper red, a bloodstone black, an agate and sard brown, a carnelian orange, a chlorite and jade green, and a yellow limestone.

    Shadow Princess

  • Inside, she had created a series of corridors, one after the other, leading to the heart of the building—a white-marble-paved room set with exquisite pietra dura inlay of agates, sard, jade, and cornelian, gleaming marble walls, and a raised cenotaph in the center.

    Shadow Princess

  • Instead of North-South, East-West and Front-Back (or some equivalent) the coordinate system of the Splinter is: shomal-junub, garm-sard, and rarb-sharq.

    REVIEW: Incandescence by Greg Egan

  • He includes two diagrams, but those only show the shomal-junub and garm-sard plane -- I really could have used another one showing rarb-sharq for clarity.

    REVIEW: Incandescence by Greg Egan

  • In addition, we found four handle-less cups, sherds of various types, cooking pots, and pithoi, as well as beads made of sard and agate.

    Picture 140 « Field Notes 2008 « Interactive Dig Crete – Zominthos Project

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