from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person versed in the lapidary art; a connoisseur of fine stones or gems; a lapidist.

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  • n. an expert on precious stones and the art of cutting and engraving them


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  • In this and similar exercises in landscape "painting," the virtuoso workmanship of the lapidarist veers dangerously toward kitsch, revealing why pietre dure lost esteem after the mid-19th century.

    Intricate Objects, From

  • Once in a while, however, the mode produces a book as lapidarist and admirable as Norman MacLean's A River Runs Through It, published in 1976.

    Something Fishy in the Hamptons

  • He created a form of light music which the years have striven vainly to copy. and just as the lapidarist may strive in vain to imitate a gem, so in turn they fail who strive to imitate Sullivan.

    Gilbert and Sullivan


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