sapphirine

[ saf-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn ]
/ ˈsæf ər ɪn, -əˌrin, -əˌraɪn /

adjective

consisting of sapphire; like sapphire, especially in color.

noun

a pale-blue or greenish, usually granular mineral, a silicate of magnesium and aluminum.
a blue variety of spinel.

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Origin of sapphirine

1375–1425; late Middle English saphyryn (<Old French ) ≪ Greek sappheírinos like lapis lazuli (see sapphire, -ine1); (def. 2) <German Saphirin ≪ Greek, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for sapphirine

sapphirine
/ (ˈsæfəˌriːn, -rɪn) /

noun

a rare blue or bluish-green mineral that consists of magnesium aluminium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form and occurs as small grains in some metamorphic rocks
a blue variety of spinel

adjective

relating to or resembling sapphire
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