aqua marine


[ak-wuh-muh-reen, ah-kwuh-]
a transparent, light-blue or greenish-blue variety of beryl, used as a gem.
light blue-green or greenish blue.

1590–1600; < Latin aqua marīna sea water (named from its color). See aqua, marine Unabridged
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aquamarine (ˌækwəməˈriːn)
1.  a pale greenish-blue transparent variety of beryl used as a gemstone
2.  a.  a pale blue to greenish-blue colour
 b.  (as adjective): an aquamarine dress
[C19: from New Latin aqua marīna, from Latin: sea water (referring to the gem's colour)]

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Word Origin & History

1590s, "bluish-green type of beryl," from Fr. or Prov., from L. aqua marina "sea water," from aqua "water" + marina, fem. of marinus "of the sea." Apparently first used as a description of a bluish-green color by John Ruskin, 1846. Abbreviation aqua is attested from 1936.
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