balas

[ bal-uhs, bey-luhs ]

nounMineralogy.
  1. a rose-red variety of spinel.

Origin of balas

1
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
  • Also called balas ruby.

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British Dictionary definitions for balas

balas

/ (ˈbæləs, ˈbeɪ-) /


noun
  1. a red variety of spinel, used as a gemstone: Also called: balas ruby

Origin of balas

1
C15: from Old French balais, from Arabic bālakhsh, from Badhakhshān, region in Afghanistan where the gem is found

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