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aquamarine

[ak-wuh-muh-reen, ah-kwuh-] /ˌæk wə məˈrin, ˌɑ kwə-/
noun
1.
a transparent, light-blue or greenish-blue variety of beryl, used as a gem.
2.
light blue-green or greenish blue.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin aqua marīna sea water (named from its color). See aqua, marine
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British Dictionary definitions for aqua marine

aquamarine

/ˌækwəməˈriːn/
noun
1.
a pale greenish-blue transparent variety of beryl used as a gemstone
2.
  1. a pale blue to greenish-blue colour
  2. (as adjective): an aquamarine dress
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin aqua marīna, from Latin: sea water (referring to the gem's colour)
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Word Origin and History for aqua marine

aquamarine

n.

1590s, agmarine, "bluish-green type of beryl," from French or Provençal, from Latin aqua marina "sea water," from aqua "water" (see aqua-) + marina, fem. of marinus "of the sea" (see marine (adj.)). 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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