balas ruby

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Noun1.Balas ruby - a pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinelbalas ruby - a pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinel
ruby spinel, spinel ruby - a spinel used as a gemstone (usually dark red)
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And yet his work stands out from the ruck of the contemporary versifiers as a balas ruby among carrots.
Balas ruby is an old name for a rose-tinted variety.
2)--a stone known historically as a 'balas ruby'--that bears no fewer than six inscriptions, starting with that of the Timurid ruler Ulugh Beg, followed by the Safavid Shah Abbas I, the Mughal emperors Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb, and finally, Ahmad Shah, the Durrani ruler of Afghanistan.