Sapphire meaning

săfīr
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The blue color of a gem sapphire.
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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.
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A corundum gem.
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Made of or resembling a gem sapphire.
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Having the color of a blue sapphire.
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Deep-blue.
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A clear, fairly pure form of the mineral corundum that is usually blue but may be any color except red. It often contains small amounts of oxides of cobalt, chromium, and titanium and is valued as a gem.
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A clear deep blue variety of corundum, valued as a precious stone.
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A white, yellow, or purple variety of corundum, either clear or translucent.
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A deep blue colour.

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A type of South American hummingbird.

The blue-chinned sapphire can be found many parts of South America, depending on season.

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Of a deep blue colour.
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A female given name from the precious stone.
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Origin of sapphire

  • Middle English saphir from Old French safir from Latin sapphīrus from Greek sappheiros of Semitic origin Hebrew sappîr a precious stone

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

  • Old French saphir, from Latin sapphirus, from Ancient Greek ἡ σάπφειρος (hÄ“ sáppheiros, “precious stone, gem") (2nd decl.; transliterated /sápfiros/ in Biblos - Strong's Greek, entry 4552, sometimes spelt σάμφειρος in Griechisch-deutsches Handwörterbuch or unusually hyphened as σάπ-φειρος by Leander van Ess in "HÄ“ palaia diathÄ“kÄ“ kata tous hebdomÄ“konta" published in 1835), from a Semitic language (compare Hebrew סַפִּיר (sappir) (cf. Strong's Concordance: entry 5601, probably ultimately from a non-Semitic source such as Sanskrit शनिप्रिय (Å›anipriya, “dear to Saturn") and dark-coloured stone (cf. Sanskrit Dictionary for Spoken Sanskrit).

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