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[uhl-truh-muh-reen] /ˌʌl trə məˈrin/
of the color ultramarine.
beyond the sea.
a blue pigment consisting of powdered lapis lazuli.
a similar artificial blue pigment.
any of various other pigments.
a deep-blue color.
Origin of ultramarine
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin ultrāmarīnus, equivalent to Latin ultrā ultra- + marīnus marine Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ultramarine
Historical Examples
  • The shellac is melted in an iron vessel, and the ultramarine added and stirred to incorporate the parts.

  • He did not see the back curtain, or Orion blazing in the ultramarine blue.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • In a little while a multitude had come out, the remoter just little specks of ultramarine in the shadow of the eastward cliff.

  • Nevertheless, ultramarine is not always entitled to the whole of this commendation.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
  • The best imitation, or German ultramarine, is procurable at any oil-shop at about 3s.

    Principles of Decorative Design Christopher Dresser
  • Taking his palette, he mixed crimson lake, white, and ultramarine.

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
  • Over a deep, spreading background of ultramarine, the crazy turrets of medival castles leaned dizzily to and fro.

    Interpreters Carl Van Vechten
  • Three are mentioned by Cennino—indigo, a cobalt, and ultramarine.

  • They were unrecognizable when I got them back -- in ultramarine blue, or whatever it was called.

  • Night's ultramarine bosom was ablaze with starry chain of mail.

    Why we should read S. P. B. Mais
British Dictionary definitions for ultramarine


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
a vivid blue colour
of the colour ultramarine
from across the seas
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for ultramarine

1590s, "blue pigment made from lapis lazuli," from Medieval Latin ultramarinus, literally "beyond the sea," from ultra- "beyond" + marinus "of the sea" (see marine). So called because the mineral was imported from Asia by sea.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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