[saf-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn]
  1. a pale-blue or greenish, usually granular mineral, a silicate of magnesium and aluminum.
  2. a blue variety of spinel.

Origin of sapphirine

1375–1425; late Middle English saphyryn (< Old French) ≪ Greek sappheírinos like lapis lazuli (see sapphire, -ine1); (def 2) < German SaphirinGreek, as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sapphirine

Historical Examples of sapphirine

  • Whatever there was in the bit of sapphirine blue, it had life.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • In spiders they are often of a sapphirine colour, and clear as crystal.

  • Ghosts—ghosts—the sapphirine air Teems with them even to the gleaming ends Of the wild day-spring!

  • He would have taken her hand on this, but the grave, direct gaze of her sapphirine eyes restrained him.

    The House of Mystery

    William Henry Irwin

  • Her sapphirine eyes were shining, her hands lay inert in her lap, her lips quivered softly.

    The House of Mystery

    William Henry Irwin

British Dictionary definitions for sapphirine


  1. 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
  2. a blue variety of spinel
  1. relating to or resembling sapphire
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