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lapis lazuli

[lap-is laz-oo-lee, -lahy, laz-yoo-, lazh-oo-] /ˈlæp ɪs ˈlæz ʊ li, -ˌlaɪ, ˈlæz yʊ-, ˈlæʒ ʊ-/
a deep-blue mineral composed mainly of lazurite with smaller quantities of other minerals, used mainly as a gem or as a pigment.
a sky-blue color; azure.
Also called lapis, lazuli.
Origin of lapis lazuli
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, genitive of lazulum lapis lazuli; see azure Unabridged
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  • I was standing there lost in wonderment, the heart of lapis-lazuli in my palm, when the voice of Hassan disturbed my stupor.

  • The hills, crowned with palms, embraced a sea as deeply blue as lapis-lazuli.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • Soft distances, with hills of violet and lapis-lazuli, stretched to the far-off horizon, where hung low-lying clouds.

    Saddle and Mocassin Francis Francis Jr.
  • By the jewels of lapis-lazuli which are upon my neck I will not forget!

  • In the north the sky was already clear, blue and hard-looking—a wall of lapis-lazuli.

    The Cardinal's Snuff-Box Henry Harland
  • In the boudoirs of the sultanas they were sometimes of verd-antique, and incrusted with lapis-lazuli.

  • Susie has been eying me all afternoon, with a pucker of perplexity about her lapis-lazuli eyes.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • Above my head loomed a great dome, lighted by stained glass windows in which the blue of lapis-lazuli predominated.

  • The Chapel of S. Ignatius is very fine; the columns and ball over the altar are composed of lapis-lazuli.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • lapis-lazuli blue, Ultramarine b.; Cruleum ultramontanum, L.

British Dictionary definitions for lapis-lazuli

lapis lazuli

a brilliant blue variety of the mineral lazurite, used as a gemstone
the deep blue colour of lapis lazuli
Also lapis
Word Origin
C14: from Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, from lazulum, from Arabic lāzaward, from Persian lāzhuward, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lapis-lazuli

lapis lazuli


early 15c., from Middle Latin lapis lazuli, literally "stone of azure," from Latin lapis "stone" + Medieval Latin lazuli, genitive of lazulum, from Arabic lazuward (see azure).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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