Origin of ruby
OTHER WORDS FROM rubyru·by·like, adjective
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What does ruby mean?
They are classified as precious gems, meaning that they have a high commercial value. Rubies are quite rare and are considered one of the most valuable gems. Besides diamond, ruby is one of the hardest known natural substances.
The word ruby is also used to refer to a jewel-toned red color or describe things that are that color. The word is often used in the term ruby red, as in Look at that ruby red sports car!
The word ruby is sometimes used to describe a 40-year anniversary, as in It’s my parents’ ruby anniversary this year—I can’t believe they’ve been married for 40 years!
Ruby is also a given name, traditionally a female one.
It’s also the name of a programming language.
Example: The ring features a large ruby surrounded by diamonds.
Where does ruby come from?
The first records of the word ruby come from the 1300s. It comes from the Medieval Latin rubīnus (lapis), meaning “red (stone).” It ultimately derives from the Latin ruber or rubeus, meaning “red.”
Rubies are a red variety of the mineral corundum, a form of aluminum oxide. Traces of chromium and other minerals are responsible for its brilliant red coloring. (Sapphires are a blue variety of corundum.)
Historically, rubies have been mined primarily in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, though they can be found in other places. Some rubies are synthetic, meaning they are manufactured in a lab.
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How is ruby used in real life?
Rubies are one of the most well-known gems. The word ruby is often used to describe things that are a deep, jewel-toned red, especially in the term ruby red.
Bryce proposed with a gorgeous ruby ring. ruby is my birthstone. he understood the assignment entirely 🥰💖
— della mescudi (@spicydells) June 8, 2021
A treasure chest filled with gold, rubies, emeralds and diamonds has been found in the Rocky Mountains, the collector who hid the prize a decade ago sayshttps://t.co/fDw6rsUOHY
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 8, 2020
— Rhode Island Monthly (@RIMonthly) June 14, 2021
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Rubies and sapphires are different varieties of the mineral corundum.
How to use ruby in a sentence
One of them, about a shelter dog named Ruby, is the basis for Netflix’s upcoming “Rescued by Ruby.”
Some of Mattie and Eddie’s handiwork — ruby velvet curtains — have yet to be hung.Mattie & Eddie’s channels the Irish spirit of a veteran chef’s grandparents|Tom Sietsema|May 21, 2021|Washington Post
Tokuyama and her colleagues also noticed that a female bonobo named Chio, estimated to be in her mid-50s, had adopted an orphan the team dubbed Ruby.Two bonobos adopted infants outside their group, marking a first for great apes|Carolyn Wilke|March 18, 2021|Science News
Ruby’s father lost his job when he refused to pull his daughter from the school, and the local grocery store began turning away the family’s business.Lucille Bridges, who stood by daughter Ruby through school desegregation, dies at 86|Emily Langer|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
I tried to explain to Ruby what had happened, and she listened, but I didn’t raise my kids with television so she listened and heard but didn’t necessarily grasp how crazy of a moment this brief moment was for me.Catching Shade From Your (and the Beastie Boys’) Favorite TV Cop|Eugene Robinson|October 14, 2020|Ozy
Ruby also danced in a chorus of a Hollywood club for a while, as her marriage deteriorated and finally ended in divorce.
But Ruby Pearl kept order, and the more responsibility she took the more Spahn relied upon her.
In the last few years, however, Spahn gradually began to notice changes in Ruby Pearl.
After Spahn had obtained the movie ranch, Ruby applied for a job there and was hired.
At one community fair, in Thousand Oaks, Ruby met a man, a wrestler, who would become her next husband.
He went back to his praying mat and bent again toward the west, where the Holy Kaaba enshrines the ruby sent down from heaven.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
As a rule, Ruby Ann was popular with the majority of the people, and there had been some opposition to a change.
Mrs. Biggs had not expected Ruby Ann to call, and her face wore a vinegary expression when she opened the door to her.
Then he spoke of Ruby Ann, the biggest woman he ever saw, he believed, and just the one for a school-teacher.
But he did not want any money but his own spent for it, and he believed he'd speak to Ruby Ann and have it put aside for him.
British Dictionary definitions for ruby
- the deep-red colour of a ruby
- (as adjective)ruby lips
- something resembling, made of, or containing a ruby
- (as modifier)ruby necklace