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- 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: Middle English from Old French saphir from Classical Latin sapphirus from Glassical Greek sappheiros from Classical Hebrew (language) sapir from Sanskrit śanipriya, literally , dear to Saturn from Śaniḥ, Saturn (the planet) plush priya, beloved from Indo-European an unverified form prī-, variant, variety of base an unverified form prēi-, to love from source 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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