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  • n  an impure form of quartz consisting of banded chalcedony; used as a gemstone and for making mortars and pestles

  • When the 18th century Florentine ebony chest inlaid with amethyst quartz, agate, lapis lazuli and other stones sold for $36 million at a 2004 Christie's auction, it broke its own .
  • In Robert Powell, Zeffirelli found the Jesus of a million dining-room icons: agate-blue eyes, cheeks that didn't need to be sucked in for that dishy aesthetic look, a strength .
  • It infuriates him, for instance, to see agate defined as "a variegated chalcedony, having its colors arranged in stripes.

  • Jeff Taylor in Business Wire (press release)
    Individuals have been restricted by the cost of the agate line of a newspaper,explains Taylor. "Just as the help wanted classifieds have been transformed to the Web, Eons brings the obituary notice into the 21st century by offering...
  • Jay Inslee in Seattle Post Intelligencer
    Under the Republicans, trying to get environmental legislation through Congress "was like rowing north against a southbound current on Agate Pass," Inslee said.

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