azure

[azh-er]
adjective
1.
of or having a light, purplish shade of blue, like that of a clear and unclouded sky.
2.
Heraldry. of the tincture or color blue.
noun
3.
the blue of a clear or unclouded sky.
4.
a light, purplish blue.
5.
Heraldry. the tincture or color blue.
6.
the clear, cloudless sky.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English asure < Anglo-French, Old French, ultimately alteration of Arabic al lazuwar(d) (by misdividing the initial l together with the article) < Persian lāzhuward lapis lazuli

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azure (ˈæʒə, -ʒʊə, ˈeɪ-)
 
n
1.  a deep blue, occasionally somewhat purple, similar to the colour of a clear blue sky
2.  poetic a clear blue sky
 
adj
3.  of the colour azure; serene
4.  (usually postpositive) heraldry of the colour blue
 
[C14: from Old French azur, from Old Spanish, from Arabic lāzaward lapis lazuli, from Persian lāzhuward]

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azure
early 14c., from O.Fr. azur, from a false separation of Arabic (al)-lazaward "lapis lazuli," as though the -l- were the French article l'. The Arabic name is from Pers. lajward, from Lajward, a place in Turkestan, mentioned by Marco Polo, where the stone was collected.
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azure az·ure (āzh'ər)
n.
Any of various dyes used in biological stains, especially for blood and nuclear staining.

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Example sentences
Water down azure, for example, and you get blue and blueness.
It had slender antennae that curled into azure blue sensors on the ends, its shining carapace subdivided in twelve exact places.
The flaming reds had turned into a deep azure, signalling a substantial decline in activity.
Hike up to it for fantastic views of the azure sea-even from the outdoor showers.
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