lapis lazulilapis laz·u·li
- an azure-blue, opaque semiprecious stone, a mixture of lazurite and various other minerals
- its color
Origin of lapis lazuliModern Latin from Classical Latin lapis, a stone + Medieval Latin lazuli, genitive of lazulus, azure from Arabic l?zaward: see azure
An opaque to translucent blue, violet-blue, or greenish-blue semiprecious gemstone composed mainly of lazurite and calcite.
Origin of lapis lazuliMiddle English from Old French from Medieval Latin lapis lazulī Latin lapis stone Medieval Latin lazulī genitive of lazulum lapis lazuli ( from Arabic lāzaward ) ( from Persian lājward )
- (mineralogy) A deep blue stone, used in making jewelry.
- A deep, bright blue, like that of the stone.
- Of a deep, bright blue, like that of the stone.
Medieval Latin lapis (“stone") +"Ž lazulÄ« (“heavens, skies", genitive singular of lazulum).