Origin of sapphire
Examples from the Web for sapphire
His highly acclaimed, and highly controversial, 2009 film, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, is a case in point.Lee Daniels: Cannes Film Festival’s Mischief Maker|Richard Porton|May 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“In my original notes I had that Precious would have a baby girl, then here comes this boy,” Sapphire says with a laugh.
Sapphire says that had she not already finished much of The Kid, the criticism would have “stopped me dead in my tracks.”
“The logical or realistic way this story would end up would be total disaster,” says Sapphire.
Instead, for his second directorial effort, he chose the novel Push by Sapphire.
She knew if it were his moment it would be hers, too, as long as she had the sapphire upon her.The Coast of Chance|Esther Chamberlain
As found native it is called corundum, when crystallized ruby or sapphire, when amorphous emery.
The soft breezes and warm sunshine rendered fans unnecessary, and the bay was a sheet of sapphire and gold.A Changed Heart|May Agnes Fleming
The water, which outside is pure as sapphire, has become filthy with the pollutions of a dozen generations.The English in the West Indies|James Anthony Froude
Thus the ruby and sapphire are essentially identical in chemical composition and in all physical characters, save colour.
- any precious corundum gemstone that is not red, esp the highly valued transparent blue variety. A synthetic form is used in electronics and precision apparatus. Formula: Al 2 O 3
- (as modifier)a sapphire ring
- the blue colour of sapphire
- (as adjective)sapphire eyes
Word Origin for sapphire
"precious stone next in hardness to a diamond," mid-13c., from Old French saphir (12c.) and directly from Latin sapphirus (cf. Spanish zafir, Italian zaffiro), from Greek sappheiros "blue stone" (the gem meant apparently was not the one that now has the name, but perhaps rather "lapis lazuli," the modern sapphire being perhaps signified by Greek hyakinthos), from a Semitic source (cf. Hebrew sappir "sapphire"), but probably not ultimately from Semitic. Some linguists propose an origin in Sanskrit sanipriya, a dark precious stone (perhaps sapphire or emerald), literally "sacred to Saturn," from Sani "Saturn" + priyah "precious." In Renaissance lapidaries, it was said to cure anger and stupidity. As an adjective from early 15c. Related: Sapphiric; sapphirine.