[lap-is laz-oo-lee, -lahy, laz-yoo-, lazh-oo-]
- 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
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, genitive of lazulum lapis lazuli; see azure
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Examples from the Web for 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
C14: from Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, from lazulum, from Arabic lāzaward, from Persian lāzhuward, of obscure origin
Word Origin and History 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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper