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balas

[bal-uh s, bey-luh s] /ˈbæl əs, ˈbeɪ ləs/
noun, Mineralogy
1.
a rose-red variety of spinel.
Also called balas ruby.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
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British Dictionary definitions for balas-ruby

balas

/ˈbæləs; ˈbeɪ-/
noun
1.
a red variety of spinel, used as a gemstone Also called balas ruby
Word Origin
C15: from Old French balais, from Arabic bālakhsh, from Badhakhshān, region in Afghanistan where the gem is found
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