Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The highest degree of quality or purity in diamonds or pearls.
  • noun The foremost rank or quality.

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  • noun The highest quality of gemstones, especially of diamonds and pearls.
  • noun by extension Of the highest rank or quality.

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  • noun the highest quality gems

Etymologies

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

[Probably translation of Arabic mā', water, water luster.]

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first + water

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  • Interesting musings on the origin of this term/phrase here.

    July 8, 2010