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[ak-wuh-muh-reen, ah-kwuh-] /ˌæk wə məˈrin, ˌɑ kwə-/
a transparent, light-blue or greenish-blue variety of beryl, used as a gem.
light blue-green or greenish blue.
Origin of aquamarine
1590-1600; < Latin aqua marīna sea water (named from its color). See aqua, marine Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aquamarine
  • Monitors would display tunnels as red, yellow or aquamarine dots against a blue background.
  • It gives emeralds their green or red hues and aquamarine its light blue.
  • He stood before her, his fly only partially zipped, revealing aquamarine nylon underpants.
  • Ruby, emerald, aquamarine are all forms of beryl with various impurities.
  • She seemed genuinely panic-stricken, her haunted aquamarine eyes spirally with fear.
  • One had an amethyst necklace, another an aquamarine pin, a third a citrine ring.
  • Gulf breezes and aquamarine waters cool and refresh visitors to this sleepy town.
  • The area is known for its powder white beaches, aquamarine waters and breezy, laid-back atmosphere.
  • It's known for its brilliant white beaches, aquamarine waters and party-hearty night life.
  • Beneath the monument, stellar snorkeling opportunities abound in aquamarine waters sheltered by towering cliffs.
British Dictionary definitions for aquamarine


a pale greenish-blue transparent variety of beryl used as a gemstone
  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 aquamarine

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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