American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A relatively rare blue mineral, (Mg, Fe)Al2(PO4)2(OH)2, with a vitreous luster.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mineral of a light- or indigo-blue color, crystallizing in the monoclinic system. It is a hydrous phosphate of aluminium, magnesium, and iron. Also called
azurite(true azurite is the blue carbonate of copper), blue spar, and blue feldspar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) A mineral of a light indigo-blue color, occurring in small masses, or in monoclinic crystals; blue spar. It is a hydrous phosphate of alumina and magnesia.
- Medieval Latin lazulum, lapis lazuli; see lapis lazuli + -ite1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They were fastened at each tip by tiny nets sewn with lazulite beads as blue as her eyes.”
“I catch a glimpse of her uneven bluish teeth, set like mismatched pegs of lazulite into gums the colour of a stormy autumn sky.”
“Besides the colouring principle of the lazulite, there are always more or less mica and iron pyrites, the latter a lustrous yellow bisulphide of iron, which has often been mistaken for pellets of gold.”
“Lapis lazuli, or lazulite, is usually disseminated in a rock, which contains, among other substances, a fine white lazulite.”
“The exceeding beauty of good samples has caused the lazulite to be much sought after, both as a gem for adorning the person, and for inlaid works in ornamental decoration.”
“We have frequently found ultramarine to be darkened, dimmed, and somewhat purpled by ignition; and the same results ensue, in many instances, when the lazulite is calcined.”
“The apartment was sumptuously furnished in two colors -- amber and lazulite.”
“At any rate, we were off early, the weather was perfect, and the sky was an inverted tureen of lazulite blue.”
“Page 113 lazulite, carnelian and jasper have all been found, and occasionally acceptable gems result from these sources.”
“Ten A.M. -- Under the sun the sea is a flaming, dazzling lazulite.”
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