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Chalcedʹony [kalcedʹony]

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A precious stone, consisting of half-transparent quartz: so called from Chalceʹdon, in Asia Minor, where it was first found. Its chief varieties are agate, carnelian, cat’s-eye, chrysoprase, flint, hornstone, onyx, plasma, and sard.

⁂ Albertus Magnus (book i. chap. 2) says: “It dispels illusions and all vain imaginations. If hung about the neck as a charm, it is a defence against enemies, and keeps the body healthful and vigorous.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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