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azure

[azh-er] /ˈæʒ ər/
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
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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Examples from the web for azure
  • Water down azure, for example, and you get blue and blueness.
  • He was wearing an azure-blue polo-neck sweater and gray trousers.
  • It had slender antennae that curled into azure blue sensors on the ends, its shining carapace subdivided in twelve exact places.
  • azure seas and sandy beaches give way to rugged hillsides scented with thyme and rosemary.
  • Below, twin azure lakes shine against the obsidian setting.
  • Show us buckets of sapphires dumped into deep pools of azure.
  • Farther in stand a gold-colored orb, an azure pavilion and a row of columns, similarly covered with mosaics.
  • These words are intended to conjure up images of unspoiled beaches and azure sea.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for azure

azure

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

early 14c., from Old French azur, asur, a color name, from a false separation of Arabic (al)-lazaward "lapis lazuli," as though the -l- were the French article l'. The Arabic name is from Persian lajward, from Lajward, a place in Turkestan, mentioned by Marco Polo, where the stone was collected.

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azure in Medicine

azure az·ure (āzh'ər)
n.
Any of various dyes used in biological stains, especially for blood and nuclear staining.

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