sapphirine

sapphirine

[saf-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn]
adjective
1.
consisting of sapphire; like sapphire, especially in color.
noun
2.
a pale-blue or greenish, usually granular mineral, a silicate of magnesium and aluminum.
3.
a blue variety of spinel.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English saphyryn (< Old French) ≪ Greek sappheírinos like lapis lazuli (see sapphire, -ine1); (def 2) < German SaphirinGreek, as above

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sapphirine (ˈsæfəˌriːn, -rɪn)
 
n
1.  a rare blue or bluish-green mineral that consists of magnesium aluminium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form and occurs as small grains in some metamorphic rocks
2.  a blue variety of spinel
 
adj
3.  relating to or resembling sapphire

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