American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An opaque to translucent blue, violet-blue, or greenish-blue semiprecious gemstone composed mainly of lazurite and calcite.
- n. mineralogy A deep blue stone, used in making jewelry.
- n. A deep, bright blue, like that of the stone.
- adj. Of a deep, bright blue, like that of the stone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) An albuminous mineral of a rich blue color; also called
lapis. Same as lazuli, which see.
- n. an azure blue semiprecious stone
- Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin lapis lazulī : Latin lapis, stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, genitive of lazulum, lapis lazuli (from Arabic lāzaward, from Persian lājward). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(Ezekiel 28: 13) The sapphire of the ancients was not our gem of that name, viz. the azure or indigo-blue, crystalline variety of corundum, but our lapis lazuli (ultra-marine).”
“Replacing the lapis lazuli bracelet she had been admiring back into its nest of white silk, Jane turned and smiled politely.”
“They come from the very edge of the desert and they trade with Elwher, bringing that lapis lazuli and jade carving we all value so much.”
“A carnelian bracelet cuff one time, a choker with lapis lazuli beads another.”
“His letters from Artaxata had boasted of huge plunder, from solid gold statues six cubits high to chests of Parthian gold coins and literally hundreds of talents of rock lapis lazuli and crystal.”
“Down where the hallway turned, a tall young man with close-cropped blond hair and eyes the color of lapis lazuli stood gazing down at his brown-skinned, green-eyed beloved.”
“The peacock’s tail was lapis lazuli and some green stone.”
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