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ruby

[roo-bee]
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noun, plural ru·bies.
  1. a red variety of corundum, used as a gem.
  2. something made of this stone or one of its imitations, as a bearing in a watch.
  3. a deep-red port wine.
  4. deep red; carmine.
  5. (initial capital letter) Digital Technology. an open-source, high-level programming language that is purely object-oriented.
  6. British Printing. a 5½-point type, nearly corresponding in size to American agate.
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adjective
  1. ruby-colored: ruby lips.
  2. containing or set or adorned with a ruby or rubies: a ruby necklace.
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Origin of ruby

1275–1325; Middle English rubi (noun) from Old French, from Old Provençal robi(n), from Medieval Latin rubīnus (lapis) “red (stone),” derivative of Latin ruber, rubeus red1
Related formsru·by·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rubier

ruby

noun plural -bies
  1. a deep red transparent precious variety of corundum: occurs naturally in Myanmar and Sri Lanka but is also synthesized. It is used as a gemstone, in lasers, and for bearings and rollers in watchmaking. Formula: Al 2 O 3
    1. the deep-red colour of a ruby
    2. (as adjective)ruby lips
    1. something resembling, made of, or containing a ruby
    2. (as modifier)ruby necklace
  2. (modifier) denoting a fortieth anniversaryour ruby wedding
  3. (formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 5 1/2 point
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Derived Formsruby-like, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French rubi, from Latin rubeus reddish, from ruber red
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Word Origin and History for rubier

ruby

n.

"clear rich-red variety of corundum," c.1300, from Old French rubi (12c.), from Medieval Latin rubinus lapis "red stone" (cf. Italian rubino), from Latin rubeus "red," related to ruber (see red). As a color name from 1570s. As an adjective from late 15c. Modern French rubis is not explained; Klein suggests a plural mistaken for singular.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rubier in Science

ruby

[rōōbē]
  1. A deep-red, translucent variety of the mineral corundum, containing small amounts of chromium and valued as a gem. Compare sapphire.
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