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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 of sapphirine
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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Examples from the Web for sapphirine
Historical Examples
  • In spiders they are often of a sapphirine colour, and clear as crystal.

  • Whatever there was in the bit of sapphirine blue, it had life.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • Ghosts—ghosts—the sapphirine air Teems with them even to the gleaming ends Of the wild day-spring!

    The Song of the Sword W. E. Henley
  • He would have taken her hand on this, but the grave, direct gaze of her sapphirine eyes restrained him.

    The House of Mystery William Henry Irwin
  • Her sapphirine eyes were shining, her hands lay inert in her lap, her lips quivered softly.

    The House of Mystery William Henry Irwin
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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