- a deep-blue mineral composed mainly of lazurite with smaller quantities of other minerals, used mainly as a gem or as a pigment.
- a sky-blue color; azure.
Origin of lapis lazuli
Examples from the Web for lapis lazuli
Historical Examples of lapis lazuli
The hills, crowned with palms, embraced a sea as deeply blue as lapis-lazuli.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
They reached the terrace; they descended the sparkling steps of lapis-lazuli.Ixion In Heaven
He was the same man who had brought me the heart of lapis-lazuli, or his double.The Haunting of Low Fennel
By the jewels of lapis-lazuli which are upon my neck I will not forget!Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria
In the boudoirs of the sultanas they were sometimes of verd-antique, and incrusted with lapis-lazuli.Stories of the Olden Time
- a brilliant blue variety of the mineral lazurite, used as a gemstone
- the deep blue colour of lapis lazuli
Word Origin for lapis lazuli
early 15c., from Middle Latin lapis lazuli, literally "stone of azure," from Latin lapis "stone" + Medieval Latin lazuli, genitive of lazulum, from Arabic lazuward (see azure).