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sapphirine

[saf-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn]
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adjective
  1. consisting of sapphire; like sapphire, especially in color.
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noun
  1. a pale-blue or greenish, usually granular mineral, a silicate of magnesium and aluminum.
  2. a blue variety of spinel.
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Origin of sapphirine

1375–1425; late Middle English saphyryn (< Old French) ≪ Greek sappheírinos like lapis lazuli (see sapphire, -ine1); (def 2) < German SaphirinGreek, as above
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Historical Examples

  • Whatever there was in the bit of sapphirine blue, it had life.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • In spiders they are often of a sapphirine colour, and clear as crystal.

  • Ghosts—ghosts—the sapphirine air Teems with them even to the gleaming ends Of the wild day-spring!

  • He would have taken her hand on this, but the grave, direct gaze of her sapphirine eyes restrained him.

    The House of Mystery

    William Henry Irwin

  • Her sapphirine eyes were shining, her hands lay inert in her lap, her lips quivered softly.

    The House of Mystery

    William Henry Irwin


British Dictionary definitions for sapphirine

sapphirine

noun
  1. a rare blue or bluish-green mineral that consists of magnesium aluminium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form and occurs as small grains in some metamorphic rocks
  2. a blue variety of spinel
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adjective
  1. relating to or resembling sapphire
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