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[koh-uh-noo r] /ˈkoʊ əˌnʊər/
an Indian diamond weighing 106 carats; now part of the British crown jewels.
Origin of Kohinoor
< Persian kōhinūr literally, mountain of light Unabridged
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  • Near the cenotaph is a marble pillar on which once was set the koh-i-noor diamond, chief of Akbar's treasures.

  • At the head of the table, just now, the koh-i-noor, or the gentleman with the diamond.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
  • I cannot philosophically account for the koh-i-noor's wrath.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
  • I have my koh-i-noor—my desire to depart and surrender my life to God.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He stooped down and picked up the pieces as carefully as if they were cuttings from the koh-i-noor.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • The koh-i-noor, by the way, which was found in India only weighs 186 karats.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • If she had given him the koh-i-noor he could not have been better pleased.

    My Own Affairs Louise, Princess of Belgium
  • He who compacts his carbon into a koh-i-noor has infinite supplies of it.

  • It's easy enough to fall in love with a star in the blue heavens, the koh-i-noor diamond, or the second folio of Shakespeare.

    The Woman's Way Charles Garvice
  • It's as big as the koh-i-noor, which is the largest in the world.

    The Slave of the Mine Bracebridge Hemyng
British Dictionary definitions for koh-i-noor


a very large oval Indian diamond, part of the British crown jewels since 1849, weighing 108.8 carats
Word Origin
C19: from Persian Kōh-i-nūr, literally: mountain of light, from kōh mountain + Arabic nūr light
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for koh-i-noor



famous diamond, one of the British crown jewels after the annexation of Punjab in 1849, from Persian koh-i-nur, literally "mountain of light," from Persian koh "mountain" + Arabic nur "light."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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