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[ak-wuh-muh-reen, ah-kwuh-] /ˌæk wə məˈrin, ˌɑ kwə-/
a transparent, light-blue or greenish-blue variety of beryl, used as a gem.
light blue-green or greenish blue.
Origin of aquamarine
First recorded in 1590-1600, aquamarine is from the Latin word aqua marīna sea water (named from its color). See aqua, marine Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The sky is just as clear as the Queen's ear-rings of aquamarine.

    Clair de Lune

    Michael Strange
  • We sat in the aquamarine twilight, and Fern was shivering, and I put my arm around her.

    Exploiter's End James Causey
  • Topaz and aquamarine occur in hollows in the granite of the Mournes.

  • That piece of aquamarine he sent her when she graduated—it's worth a lot of money.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • Do they still match my aquamarine, or must it be gray sapphires the next time?

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • aquamarine, a name given to some of the finest varieties of beryl of a sea-green or blue colour.

  • Very effective combinations of the aquamarine and blue species with the yellow may be recommended.

  • In the full sunlight the outline of islands was clear-cut—red-and-gray-rock above an aquamarine sea.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • Wine-red, aquamarine, pearl-white, and pale gold they gleamed and nodded from slender stems.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • He saw de Verceuil as well, coming across the hall almost at a run, just ahead of the contessa, his aquamarine cloak flying.

British Dictionary definitions for aquamarine


a pale greenish-blue transparent variety of beryl used as a gemstone
  1. a pale blue to greenish-blue colour
  2. (as adjective): an aquamarine dress
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin aqua marīna, from Latin: sea water (referring to the gem's colour)
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Word Origin and History for aquamarine

1590s, agmarine, "bluish-green type of beryl," from French or Provençal, from Latin aqua marina "sea water," from aqua "water" (see aqua-) + marina, fem. of marinus "of the sea" (see marine (adj.)). Apparently first used as a description of a bluish-green color by John Ruskin, 1846. Abbreviation aqua is attested from 1936.

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