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ultramarine

[uhl-truh-muh-reen]
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adjective
  1. of the color ultramarine.
  2. beyond the sea.
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noun
  1. a blue pigment consisting of powdered lapis lazuli.
  2. a similar artificial blue pigment.
  3. any of various other pigments.
  4. a deep-blue color.
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Origin of ultramarine

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin ultrāmarīnus, equivalent to Latin ultrā ultra- + marīnus marine
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Historical Examples

  • The colour of ultramarine is brought out by successive heatings.

    Field's Chromatography

    George Field

  • Nevertheless, ultramarine is not always entitled to the whole of this commendation.

  • The Alexandrian was the most valued, as approaching the nearest to ultramarine.

  • He did not see the back curtain, or Orion blazing in the ultramarine blue.

    Northern Lights

    Gilbert Parker

  • The colours most useful are ultramarine, vermilion, and chrome yellow in powder.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne


British Dictionary definitions for ultramarine

ultramarine

noun
  1. a blue pigment consisting of sodium and aluminium silicates and some sodium sulphide, obtained by powdering natural lapis lazuli or made synthetically: used in paints, printing ink, plastics, etc
  2. a vivid blue colour
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adjective
  1. of the colour ultramarine
  2. from across the seas
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Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin ultramarinus, from ultrā beyond (see ultra-) + mare sea; so called because the lapis lazuli from which the pigment was made was imported from Asia
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Word Origin and History for ultramarine

n.

1590s, "blue pigment made from lapis lazuli," from Medieval Latin ultramarinus, literally "beyond the sea," from ultra- "beyond" + marinus "of the sea" (see marine). So called because the mineral was imported from Asia by sea.

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