aquamarine

[ak-wuh-muh-reen, ah-kwuh-]

noun

a transparent, light-blue or greenish-blue variety of beryl, used as a gem.
light blue-green or greenish blue.

Nearby words

  1. aquafitness,
  2. aquagenic pruritus,
  3. aqualung,
  4. aquamanale,
  5. aquamanile,
  6. aquanaut,
  7. aquaphobia,
  8. aquaplane,
  9. aquaponics,
  10. aquaporin

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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British Dictionary definitions for aquamarine

aquamarine

noun

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

Word Origin for aquamarine

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

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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