Definition of chrysoprase in English:



mass noun
  • 1An apple-green gemstone consisting of a variety of chalcedony that contains nickel.

    • ‘In their day, pieces were decorated with enamels or semi-precious stones, and the jewellery adorned by amethysts, chrysoprase and moonstones and more - chosen for their artistic merits rather than value.’
    • ‘Bright green chrysoprase is very expensive, while Russian amber is so expensive, it's paid for by the gram.’
    • ‘One mermaid stretches her hand to a lotus flower while the other holds a bud, set with a chrysoprase, which forms the clasp.’
    • ‘It is set with three bunches of grapes made from carved chrysoprase.’
    1. 1.1 (in the New Testament) a golden-green precious stone, perhaps a variety of beryl.


Middle English (denoting a precious stone in the New Testament): from Old French crisopace, via Latin from Greek khrusoprasos, from khrusos ‘gold’ + prason ‘leek’.