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aquamarine

[ak-wuh-muh-reen, ah-kwuh-]
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noun
  1. a transparent, light-blue or greenish-blue variety of beryl, used as a gem.
  2. light blue-green or greenish blue.
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Origin of aquamarine

First recorded in 1590–1600, aquamarine is from the Latin word aqua marīna sea water (named from its color). See aqua, marine
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Historical Examples

  • The sky is just as clear as the Queen's ear-rings of aquamarine.

    Clair de Lune

    Michael Strange

  • We sat in the aquamarine twilight, and Fern was shivering, and I put my arm around her.

    Exploiter's End

    James Causey

  • Topaz and aquamarine occur in hollows in the granite of the Mournes.

  • That piece of aquamarine he sent her when she graduated—it's worth a lot of money.

    Why Joan?

    Eleanor Mercein Kelly

  • Do they still match my aquamarine, or must it be gray sapphires the next time?

    Why Joan?

    Eleanor Mercein Kelly


British Dictionary definitions for aquamarine

aquamarine

noun
  1. a pale greenish-blue transparent variety of beryl used as a gemstone
    1. a pale blue to greenish-blue colour
    2. (as adjective)an aquamarine dress
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin aqua marīna, from Latin: sea water (referring to the gem's colour)
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Word Origin and History for aquamarine

n.

1590s, agmarine, "bluish-green type of beryl," from French or Provençal, from Latin aqua marina "sea water," from aqua "water" (see aqua-) + marina, fem. of marinus "of the sea" (see marine (adj.)). Apparently first used as a description of a bluish-green color by John Ruskin, 1846. Abbreviation aqua is attested from 1936.

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