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ruby

[roo-bee] /ˈru bi/
noun, plural rubies.
1.
a red variety of corundum, used as a gem.
2.
something made of this stone or one of its imitations, as a bearing in a watch.
3.
a deep-red port wine.
4.
deep red; carmine.
5.
British Printing. a 5½-point type, nearly corresponding in size to American agate.
adjective
6.
ruby-colored:
ruby lips.
7.
containing or set or adorned with a ruby or rubies:
a ruby necklace.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English rubi (noun) < Old French < Old Provençal robi(n) < Medieval Latin rubīnus (lapis) red (stone), derivative of Latin ruber red1
Related forms
rubylike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rubylike

ruby

/ˈruːbɪ/
noun (pl) -bies
1.
a deep red transparent precious variety of corundum: occurs naturally in Myanmar and Sri Lanka but is also synthesized. It is used as a gemstone, in lasers, and for bearings and rollers in watchmaking. Formula: Al2O3
2.
  1. the deep-red colour of a ruby
  2. (as adjective) ruby lips
3.
  1. something resembling, made of, or containing a ruby
  2. (as modifier) ruby necklace
4.
(modifier) denoting a fortieth anniversary our ruby wedding
5.
(formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 51/2 point
Derived Forms
ruby-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French rubi, from Latin rubeus reddish, from ruber red
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Word Origin and History for rubylike

ruby

n.

"clear rich-red variety of corundum," c.1300, from Old French rubi (12c.), from Medieval Latin rubinus lapis "red stone" (cf. Italian rubino), from Latin rubeus "red," related to ruber (see red). As a color name from 1570s. As an adjective from late 15c. Modern French rubis is not explained; Klein suggests a plural mistaken for singular.

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rubylike in Science
ruby
  (r'bē)   
A deep-red, translucent variety of the mineral corundum, containing small amounts of chromium and valued as a gem. Compare sapphire.
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rubylike in the Bible

(Heb. peninim), only in plural (Lam. 4:7). The ruby was one of the stones in the high priest's breastplate (Ex. 28:17). A comparison is made between the value of wisdom and rubies (Job 28:18; Prov. 3:15; 8:11). The price of a virtuous woman is said to be "far above rubies" (Prov. 31:10). The exact meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain. Some render it "red coral;" others, "pearl" or "mother-of-pearl."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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