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


consisting of sapphire; like sapphire, especially in color.


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

Words nearby sapphirine

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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sapphirine

/ (ˈsæfəˌriːn, -rɪn) /


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


relating to or resembling sapphire
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