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[roo-bee] /ˈru bi/
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She felt for her little silver-mounted riding-whip as she spoke and lightly flicked rubys ears with it.

  • She turned rubys head as she spoke and rode away under the forest trees.

  • Item a nother Braselet of provune gollde with rubys and Rosis.

    Mary Tudor, Queen of France Mary Croom Brown
  • Item Dellyveryd to him ix fayre rubys sett in colletts to Sett in propyr flowers.

    Mary Tudor, Queen of France Mary Croom Brown
  • rubys fresh, miss, and have a good deal of wild blood in him, and I only broke him in for Miss Rachel a fortnight back.

British Dictionary definitions for rubys


noun (pl) -bies
a deep red transparent precious variety of corundum: occurs naturally in Myanmar and Sri Lanka but is also synthesized. It is used as a gemstone, in lasers, and for bearings and rollers in watchmaking. Formula: Al2O3
  1. the deep-red colour of a ruby
  2. (as adjective): ruby lips
  1. something resembling, made of, or containing a ruby
  2. (as modifier): ruby necklace
(modifier) denoting a fortieth anniversary: our ruby wedding
(formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 51/2 point
Derived Forms
ruby-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French rubi, from Latin rubeus reddish, from ruber red
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Word Origin and History for rubys



"clear rich-red variety of corundum," c.1300, from Old French rubi (12c.), from Medieval Latin rubinus lapis "red stone" (cf. Italian rubino), from Latin rubeus "red," related to ruber (see red). As a color name from 1570s. As an adjective from late 15c. Modern French rubis is not explained; Klein suggests a plural mistaken for singular.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rubys in Science
A deep-red, translucent variety of the mineral corundum, containing small amounts of chromium and valued as a gem. Compare sapphire.
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rubys in the Bible

(Heb. peninim), only in plural (Lam. 4:7). The ruby was one of the stones in the high priest's breastplate (Ex. 28:17). A comparison is made between the value of wisdom and rubies (Job 28:18; Prov. 3:15; 8:11). The price of a virtuous woman is said to be "far above rubies" (Prov. 31:10). The exact meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain. Some render it "red coral;" others, "pearl" or "mother-of-pearl."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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