balas

[ bal-uhs, bey-luhs ]
/ ˈbæl əs, ˈbeɪ ləs /

noun Mineralogy.

a rose-red variety of spinel.

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Also called balas ruby.

Origin of balas

1375–1425; late Middle English <Medieval Latin balasius, variant of balascius<Arabic balakhsh, back formation from Persian Badakhshān, district near Samarkand, where gem is found
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British Dictionary definitions for balas

balas
/ (ˈbæləs, ˈbeɪ-) /

noun

a red variety of spinel, used as a gemstoneAlso called: balas ruby

Word Origin for balas

C15: from Old French balais, from Arabic bālakhsh, from Badhakhshān, region in Afghanistan where the gem is found
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