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moss agate

a kind of agate or chalcedony containing brown or black mosslike dendritic markings from various impurities.
Origin of moss agate
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was blood upon that moon, and all the shores were like veins in moss-agate and the sea like oil.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • The governing planet of the month is Venus, and the gems are moss-agate and emerald.

  • His soft eyes hardened and the moss-agate look came into them.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
British Dictionary definitions for moss-agate

moss agate

a variety of chalcedony with dark greenish mossy markings, used as a gemstone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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