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lapis lazuli

[ lap-is -laz-oo-lee, -lahy, laz-yoo-, lazh-oo- ]
/ ˈlæp ɪs ˈlæz ʊ li, -ˌlaɪ, ˈlæz yʊ-, ˈlæʒ ʊ- /
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noun

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.

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Also called lapis, laz·u·li [laz-uh-lee, -lahy, lazh-uh-] /ˈlæz ə li, -ˌlaɪ, ˈlæʒ ə-/ .

Origin of lapis lazuli

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin lapis “stone” + Medieval Latin lazulī, genitive of lazulum “lapis lazuli”; see azure
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British Dictionary definitions for lapis lazuli

lapis lazuli

lazuli

/ (ˈlæpɪs) /

noun

a brilliant blue variety of the mineral lazurite, used as a gemstone
the deep blue colour of lapis lazuli
Also: lapis

Word Origin for lapis lazuli

C14: from Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, from lazulum, from Arabic lāzaward, from Persian lāzhuward, of obscure origin
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