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[kawr-neel-yuh n] /kɔrˈnil yən/
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  • And my cornelian ring—and the flowered scarf—and—and your fan, Jacqueline?

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • Other specimens imitated jade or agate or cornelian or some other stone.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • It represents a ship carved out of cornelian, floating on a sea of enamel.

  • Ordinary stones, such as the cornelian and amethyst, were still there.

  • In this note she had inclosed the cornelian ring she had given me during my illness and which I had returned on leaving Paris.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • She was a lady of the old school, with a black knitted shawl, and the three graces pictured on a cornelian brooch.

    The Hypocrite Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Globular beads, large; cornelian, amethyst, and green glaze.

  • Someone remarked on my finger a cornelian ring on which was engraved very beautifully the head of Louis XV.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • cornelian exists in large quantities in the mountain-rivers of Bedakhshan.

  • For, as out of a numerous progeny, the cornelian and Fabian families have two of them who were given in adoption.

British Dictionary definitions for cornelian


a variant spelling of carnelian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cornelian

"red variety of chalcedony," a variant of corneline (c.1400), from Old French corneline (Modern French cornaline), diminutive of corneola, probably from Vulgar Latin *cornea, from Latin cornus, name of a type of berry (see cornel).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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