Lapis-lazuli definition

lăzə-lē, -yə-, lăzhə-
An opaque to translucent blue, violet-blue, or greenish-blue semiprecious gemstone composed mainly of lazurite and calcite.
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An azure-blue, opaque semiprecious stone, a mixture of lazurite and various other minerals.
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Its color.
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(mineralogy) A deep blue stone, used in making jewelry.
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A deep, bright blue, like that of the stone.

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Of a deep, bright blue, like that of the stone.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lapis-lazuli
Plural:
lapis lazulis, lapides lazuli

Origin of lapis-lazuli

  • Middle 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Medieval Latin lapis (“stone") +"Ž lazulÄ« (“heavens, skies", genitive singular of lazulum).

    From Wiktionary