lapis lazuli

[lap-is laz-oo-lee, -lahy, laz-yoo-, lazh-oo-]
noun
1.
a deep-blue mineral composed mainly of lazurite with smaller quantities of other minerals, used mainly as a gem or as a pigment.
2.
a sky-blue color; azure.
Also called lapis, lazuli.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, genitive of lazulum lapis lazuli; see azure

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lapis lazuli (ˈlæpɪs)
 
n
1.  a brilliant blue variety of the mineral lazurite, used as a gemstone
2.  the deep blue colour of lapis lazuli
 
[C14: from Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, from lazulum, from Arabic lāzaward, from Persian lāzhuward, of obscure origin]
 
lazuli
 
n
1.  a brilliant blue variety of the mineral lazurite, used as a gemstone
2.  the deep blue colour of lapis lazuli
 
[C14: from Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, from lazulum, from Arabic lāzaward, from Persian lāzhuward, of obscure origin]

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lapis lazuli
late 14c., from M.L. "stone of azure," from L. lapis "stone" + M.L. lazuli, gen. of lazulum, from Arabic lazuward (see azure).
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Example sentences
These are beautifully decorated, with white marble lattice and marble mosaics studded with green jade, lapis lazuli and agate.
The improved access means the region's stunning lapis lazuli jewelry will reach more markets.
Ultramarine blue was at one time ground lapis lazuli, but has long been made synthetically.
Gold comes down iu showers, aud the heavens are all lapis lazuli.
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