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Friday, July 30, 2004

Definitions for lapidary

  1. Of or pertaining to the art of cutting stones or engraving on them.
  2. Engraved in stone.
  3. Of or pertaining to the refined or terse style associated with inscriptions on monumental stone.

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Citations for lapidary
Here, disgusted by venality and intrigue, the retired courtier would come to compose lapidary maxims and wise but sympathetic letters to ardent youth. Michael Foley, Getting Used to Not Being Remarkable
If I asked how long it took to simmer the meat sauce, Emilia would answer with a grumble and her usual lapidary phrase: "Quanto basta. As long as it takes." Patrizia Chen, Rosemary and Bitter Oranges
Origin of lapidary
1325-1375
Lapidary is from Latin lapidarius, "pertaining to stone," from lapis, lapid-, "stone."