One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A yellow or brownish-red semi-precious stone consisting of a variety of chalcedony.
- ‘The figure of God resembling jaspar and sard stone, that is, a yellow and red stone matched by the pigments in the painting, sits in Heaven, indicated by the snowflake stars.’
- ‘Both men and women wore sard, and numerous examples of Greek and Etruscan jewelry include stunning specimens of ornately carved sard.’
Late Middle English: from French sarde or Latin sarda, from Greek sardios, probably from Sardō ‘Sardinia’.
adjective & noun
- another term for Sardinian
- ‘Luckily, there has been renewed interest in and appreciation of traditional Sard culture and artisanship, which were repressed for so many centuries.’
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