lapis-lazuli

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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