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[lig-yoo r]
  1. a precious stone, probably the jacinth. Ex. 28:19.
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Origin of ligure

1275–1325; Middle English ligury < Late Latin ligūrius < Late Greek ligýrion a kind of precious stone
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Historical Examples of ligure

  • The first of the third row was a ligure, then an amethyst, and the third an agate, being the ninth of the whole number.

    The Antiquities of the Jews

    Flavius Josephus

  • In the revised version the word jacinth is substituted for ligure and amber is given as a marginal rendering for the same.

British Dictionary definitions for ligure


  1. Old Testament any of the 12 precious stones used in the breastplates of high priests
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Word Origin for ligure

C14: from Late Latin ligūrius, from Late Greek ligurion
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