balas

[ bal-uh s, bey-luh s ]
/ ˈbæl əs, ˈbeɪ ləs /

noun Mineralogy.

a rose-red variety of spinel.

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
Also called balas ruby.

Definition for balas (2 of 2)

Bala
[ bey-luh ]
/ ˈbeɪ lə /

noun Douay Bible.

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British Dictionary definitions for balas (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for balas (2 of 2)

Bala
/ (ˈbælə) /

noun

Lake Bala a narrow lake in Gwynedd: the largest natural lake in Wales. Length: 6 km (4 miles)
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