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[bal-uh s] /ˈbæl əs/
noun, (used with a singular verb) Mineralogy.
a spherical aggregate of small diamond crystals used for drilling and for various industrial purposes.
Origin of ballas
apparently variant of balas in phrase balas ruby spinel ruby, balas being taken to mean “spinel” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This cannot be distinguished from certain fragments obtained in the Neolithic cemetery at ballas.

    El Kab J.E. Quibell
  • The crucial case at ballas was the secondary burial of a Libyan found in one of a group of stairway mastabas.

    El Kab J.E. Quibell
  • These cists were found at ballas both in “stairway” tombs and in open Neolithic graves.

    El Kab J.E. Quibell
  • A rough example of No. 44 was found at ballas, used anciently as a lamp with floating wick.

    El Kab J.E. Quibell
  • The sides of one Neolithic tomb at ballas were lined with bars of this kind.

    El Kab J.E. Quibell

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