balas ruby


[bal-uhs, bey-luhs]
noun Mineralogy.
a rose-red variety of spinel.
Also called balas ruby.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin balasius, variant of balascius < Arabic balakhsh, back formation from Persian Badakhshān, district near Samarkand, where gem is found Unabridged
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balas (ˈbæləs, ˈbeɪ-)
Also called: balas ruby a red variety of spinel, used as a gemstone
[C15: from Old French balais, from Arabic bālakhsh, from Badhakhshān, region in Afghanistan where the gem is found]

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