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lapidary

[ lap-i-der-ee ]
/ 藞l忙p 瑟藢d蓻r i /
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noun, plural lap路i路dar路ies.
Also lap路i路dist [lap-i-dist]. /藞l忙p 瑟 d瑟st/. a worker who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones.
Also la路pid路ar路ist [luh-pid-er-ist]. /l蓹藞p瑟d 蓹r 瑟st/. an expert in precious stones and the art or techniques used in cutting and engraving them.
the art of cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones.
an old book on the lore of gems.
adjective Also lap路i路dar路i路an [lap-i-dair-ee-uhn]. /藢l忙p 瑟藞d蓻蓹r i 蓹n/.
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Origin of lapidary

1325鈥75; Middle English lapidarie (noun) <Latin lapid膩rius of stone (adj.), stone-cutter (noun), equivalent to lapid- (stem of lapis) stone + -膩rius-ary
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British Dictionary definitions for lapidary

lapidary
/ (藞l忙p瑟d蓹r瑟) /

noun plural -daries
a person whose business is to cut, polish, set, or deal in gemstones
adjective
of or relating to gemstones or the work of a lapidary
Also: lapidarian (藢l忙p瑟藞d蓻蓹r瑟蓹n) engraved, cut, or inscribed in a stone or gemstone
of sufficiently high quality to be engraved on a stonea lapidary inscription

Derived forms of lapidary

lapidarian, adjective

Word Origin for lapidary

C14: from Latin lapid膩rius, from lapid-, lapis stone
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