- 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 lazul&imacron; : Latin lapis, stone + Medieval Latin lazul&imacron;, genitive of lazulum, lapis lazuli (from Arabic lazaward, from Persian lajward).
- (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).