balas

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

a rose-red variety of spinel.

Nearby words

  1. balanorrhagia,
  2. balantidiasis,
  3. balantidium,
  4. balao,
  5. balarama,
  6. balashikha,
  7. balata,
  8. balaton,
  9. balaustine,
  10. balayage

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.

Bala

[ bey-luh ]
/ ˈbeɪ lə /

noun Douay Bible.

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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

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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