Meaning of “agate” in the English Dictionary

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"agate" in British English

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agatenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈæɡ.ət/ us /ˈæɡ.ət/


  • Among these were drawings of two small fragments of agate, inscribed with characters.
  • Elise wrote home asking if agates were expensive, and if she might have one.
  • The agates now in question are those of the coated kind, so frequent in this country, called pebbles.
  • These little radiating stars are occasionally intersected, and portions are quite cut off by the fine, ribbon-like zones of colour in the agate.
  • To make tea always scald the teapot, which should be agate, earthenware or china, never metal.

(Definition of “agate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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