Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A transparent blue-green variety of beryl, used as a gemstone.
  • n. A pale blue to light greenish blue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The bluish-green colour of the sea.
  • n. A bluish-green variety of beryl.
  • adj. Of a bluish-green colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as Aquamarine.
  • n. A transparent, pale green variety of beryl, used as a gem. See beryl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A transparent variety of beryl of a bluish or seagreen tint, used as a gem.
  • n. A bluish-green color resembling that of the finest beryl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a transparent variety of beryl that is blue green in color
  • n. a shade of blue tinged with green

Etymologies

Latin aqua marīna, sea water : aqua, water; see aqua + marīna, of the sea; see marine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin aqua ("water") + marinus ("marine"), adjective form from mare ("sea") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Her hands were wide and extremely strong looking; one thumbnail was rimmed in aquamarine blue, and the other wrist had a faint smudge of yellow.

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  • She had hair of wavy gold, a white brow, eyes of a colour never seen but in the precious stone called aquamarine, cheeks of rose, a nose straight and finely cut.

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  • Its seat was in her eyes, which many thought not at all beautiful, for they were like those gems called aquamarine, of a puzzling tint varying from blue to green, lustrous and lapping the beholder with their gentle lambency, except when passion moved her, when I have seen them glow with a menacing light as though they might shoot forth green flames.

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  • Pegmatite is important to collectors because it often contains crystals such as aquamarine, topaz and tourmaline, Howe said.

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  • From a distance, they tossed the coconuts and other offerings into the aquamarine waters toward the white-sand beaches, hoping to coax the Sentinelese out of the thick forest.

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  • Someone somewhere (in an air conditioned office) is probably looking at colour swatches right now, deciding on a new ‘less confrontational’ colour scheme for riot gear (black is so last G8) pale aquamarine I suspect, very calming. on July 8, 2009 at 11: 33 am Stocking

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  • Extraordinary multiple all-year waterfalls cascading down an otherwise undistinguished mountainside but beautiful with several deep crystal aquamarine pools for swimming or simple sightseeing.

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  • A Fabergé brooch with a huge Siberian aquamarine sitting regally on top of a glittering rim of interwoven diamonds symbolizing eternity and union is breathtaking enough, but when Mr. Munn starts to tell the story of the piece it takes on an otherworldly quality.

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  • Beautiful deserted white beaches and marshlands and aquamarine if somewhat turbid seas.

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  • Whales, rare green sea turtles, and hawksbill turtles also ply these aquamarine waters, along with nine species of sea snakes, some lethal.

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