Definitions

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

  • adjective Of or resembling sapphire.
  • noun A rare light blue or green aluminum-magnesium silicate mineral.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A blue variety of spinel.
  • noun A pale-blue or greenish mineral occurring in disseminated grains with mica and anthophyllite in Greenland: it is a highly basic silicate of aluminium and magnesium.
  • Made of sapphire.
  • Having the qualities of sapphire, especially the color. Compare sapphire, a.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Resembling sapphire; made of sapphire; having the color, or any quality of sapphire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mineralogy A rare silicate of magnesium and aluminium (with iron as a major impurity), named for its sapphirelike colour.
  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or resembling sapphire

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

  • noun a rare light blue or green mineral; consists of aluminum and magnesium silicate and occurs as small grains in some metamorphic rocks
  • adjective made of or resembling sapphire

Etymologies

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sapphire +‎ -ine

Examples

  • Straight of spine and sapphirine of eye, Barr appeared poised, intelligent, and master of a certain smile.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • He flashes out emeralds and rubies, amethystine flames and sapphirine colours, in

    Two on a Tower

  • His sapphirine-blue eyes, the cleft, or dimple, in his strong chin, his thick sable hair, and muscular but symmetrical frame are additional attractions to me and, I regret to say, to innumerable other females.

    Excerpt: The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters

  • There were moments amid the deepening darkness when it seemed virtually impossible to reach the summit; the stars now lighted a glowing sapphirine sky, but that only made the venerable town in all its majesty seem ever more unattainable.

    Vittorio, The Vampire

  • He dared a glance at the Power's face, and was caught again, a moth in sapphirine flame.

    Magic's Promise

  • He dared a glance at the Power's face, and was caught again, a moth in sapphirine flame.

    Magic's Promise

  • Dirk looked into Rolan's glowing eyes-and they were glowing, a sapphirine light brighter than the starshine.

    Arrow's Fall

  • : Tantris pranced and arched his neck, and one of his sapphirine eyes flashed a teasing look up at his Chosen.

    Arrow's Fall

  • Dirk looked into Rolan's glowing eyes-and they were glowing, a sapphirine light brighter than the starshine.

    Arrow's Fall

  • : Tantris pranced and arched his neck, and one of his sapphirine eyes flashed a teasing look up at his Chosen.

    Arrow's Fall

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