- of the color ultramarine.
- beyond the sea.
- a blue pigment consisting of powdered lapis lazuli.
- a similar artificial blue pigment.
- any of various other pigments.
- a deep-blue color.
Origin of ultramarine
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The colour of ultramarine is brought out by successive heatings.
Nevertheless, ultramarine is not always entitled to the whole of this commendation.
The Alexandrian was the most valued, as approaching the nearest to ultramarine.Museum of Antiquity
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He did not see the back curtain, or Orion blazing in the ultramarine blue.Northern Lights
The colours most useful are ultramarine, vermilion, and chrome yellow in powder.Practical Taxidermy
- 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
- a vivid blue colour
- of the colour ultramarine
- from across the seas
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
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