Definition for Agate

agate, n. [Fr agathe > L. achātes.]

Colorful gemstone; semi-precious stone; variegated chalcedony with colorful bands or markings due to the infiltration of other minerals; [fig.] corpse; dead body; body in rigor mortis [probably referring to the body of Edward Hitchcock, professor of natural theology and geology at Amherst College]; (see Isaiah 54:11-12).

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