[bal-uh s, bey-luh s]
- 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.
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Page 167, line 67, and seq.—'Carbuncle and Balas ruby,' etc.Parzival (vol. 2 of 2)
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But in the battle in which Balas was overthrown, the Egyptian king also received his death wound.
Egypt was the defeat and downfal of Balas, although it cost Philometor his life.
And yet his work stands out from the ruck of the contemporary versifiers as a balas ruby among carrots.Martin Eden
Balas, a name used to distinguish the rose-coloured species of ruby from the ruby proper.
- a red variety of spinel, used as a gemstoneAlso called: balas ruby
C15: from Old French balais, from Arabic bālakhsh, from Badhakhshān, region in Afghanistan where the gem is found
- Lake Bala a narrow lake in Gwynedd: the largest natural lake in Wales. Length: 6 km (4 miles)
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