- a clear, deep-blue variety of corundum, valued as a precious stone
- its color
- a translucent or transparent variety of corundum, varying in color
- a gem made of this: white, yellow, and purple sapphires
Origin: ME < OFr saphir < L sapphirus < Gr sappheiros < Heb sapir < Sans śanipriya, lit., dear to Saturn < Śaniḥ, Saturn (the planet) + priya, beloved < IE *prī-, var. of base *prēi-, to love > friend
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- A clear hard variety of corundum used as a gemstone that is usually blue but may be any color except red.
- A corundum gem.
- The blue color of a gem sapphire.
- Made of or resembling a gem sapphire.
- Having the color of a blue sapphire.
Origin: Middle English saphir, from Old French safir, from Latin sapphīrus, from Greek sappheiros, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew sappîr, a precious stone.
sapphire - Science Definition
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