ultra marine

ultramarine

[uhl-truh-muh-reen]
adjective
1.
of the color ultramarine.
2.
beyond the sea.
noun
3.
a blue pigment consisting of powdered lapis lazuli.
4.
a similar artificial blue pigment.
5.
any of various other pigments.
6.
a deep-blue color.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Medieval Latin ultrāmarīnus, equivalent to Latin ultrā ultra- + marīnus marine

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ultramarine (ˌʌltrəməˈriːn)
 
n
1.  a blue pigment consisting of sodium and aluminium silicates and some sodium sulphide, obtained by powdering natural lapis lazuli or made synthetically: used in paints, printing ink, plastics, etc
2.  a vivid blue colour
 
adj
3.  of the colour ultramarine
4.  from across the seas
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin ultramarinus, from ultrā beyond (see ultra-) + mare sea; so called because the lapis lazuli from which the pigment was made was imported from Asia]

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ultramarine
1598, "blue pigment made from lapis lazuli," from M.L. ultramarinus, lit. "beyond the sea," from ultra- "beyond" + marinus "of the sea." So called because the mineral was imported from Asia by sea.
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