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sapphirine

[saf-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn] /ˈsæf ər ɪn, -əˌrin, -əˌraɪn/
adjective
1.
consisting of sapphire; like sapphire, especially in color.
noun
2.
a pale-blue or greenish, usually granular mineral, a silicate of magnesium and aluminum.
3.
a blue variety of spinel.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English saphyryn (< Old French) ≪ Greek sappheírinos like lapis lazuli (see sapphire, -ine1); (def 2) < German SaphirinGreek, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for sapphirine

sapphirine

/ˈsæfəˌriːn; -rɪn/
noun
1.
a rare blue or bluish-green mineral that consists of magnesium aluminium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form and occurs as small grains in some metamorphic rocks
2.
a blue variety of spinel
adjective
3.
relating to or resembling sapphire
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