How did Agate get its name and Where does the word “Agate” come from?

Agate is a gem or semiprecious stone of quartz, waxy in texture and marked by bands of color.

The name was formerly and should still be achate (pronounced ak’ate), after the Sicilian river Achates, near which, according to Pliny, the stone was first found.

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