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ballas

[ bal-uhs ]
/ ˈbæl əs /
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noun (used with a singular verb)Mineralogy.
a spherical aggregate of small diamond crystals used for drilling and for various industrial purposes.
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Origin of ballas

Apparently variant of balas in phrase balas ruby spinel ruby, balas being taken to mean “spinel”
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