lapis lazuli

[lap-is laz-oo-lee, -lahy, laz-yoo-, lazh-oo-]
noun
  1. a deep-blue mineral composed mainly of lazurite with smaller quantities of other minerals, used mainly as a gem or as a pigment.
  2. 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
Also called lapis, lazuli.
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lapis lazuli

lazuli

noun
  1. a brilliant blue variety of the mineral lazurite, used as a gemstone
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for lapis lazuli
n.

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).

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