lapis lazuli


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lapis laz·u·li

 (lăz′ə-lē, -yə-, lăzh′ə-)
n.
An opaque to translucent blue, violet-blue, or greenish-blue semiprecious gemstone composed mainly of lazurite and calcite.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin lapis lazulī : Latin lapis, stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, genitive of lazulum, lapis lazuli (from Arabic lāzaward, from Persian lājward).]
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lapis lazuli

(ˈlæpɪs) or

lazuli

n
1. (Minerals) a brilliant blue variety of the mineral lazurite, used as a gemstone
2. (Colours) the deep blue colour of lapis lazuli
Also: lapis
[C14: from Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, from lazulum, from Arabic lāzaward, from Persian lāzhuward, of obscure origin]
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lap•is laz•u•li

(ˈlæp ɪs ˈlæz ʊ li, -ˌlaɪ, ˈlæz yʊ-, ˈlæʒ ʊ-)
n.
1. a deep blue semiprecious gemstone composed mainly of lazurite with smaller quantities of other minerals.
2. a sky-blue color; azure. Also called lapis.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin, = Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazulī, genitive of lazulum laipis lazuli]
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lapis lazuli

  • azure stone - Another name for the lapis lazuli.
  • lapis lazuli - A sky-blue semiprecious stone, it is pronounced lap-us-LAY-zuh-lee.
  • sapphire - From Greek sappheiros, "lapis lazuli" or "blue stone."
  • ultramarine - First a blue pigment made from lapis lazuli, imported from Asia by sea, so, in Latin, it was ultramarinus, "beyond the seas."
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lapis lazuli - an azure blue semiprecious stonelapis lazuli - an azure blue semiprecious stone  
opaque gem - a gemstone that is opaque
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lapis lazuli

[ˈlæpɪsˈlæzjʊlaɪ] Nlapislázuli m
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lapis lazuli

[ˌlæpɪsˈlæzjʊlaɪ] nlapis-lazuli m
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lapis lazuli

nLapislazuli m
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lapis lazuli

[ˈlæpɪs ˈlæzjʊlaɪ] nlapislazzuli m inv
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References in classic literature ?
Huge columns carved out of single masses of marble, and inlaid from top to bottom with a hundred intricate figures wrought in costly verde antique; pulpits of the same rich materials, whose draperies hung down in many a pictured fold, the stony fabric counterfeiting the delicate work of the loom; the grand altar brilliant with polished facings and balustrades of oriental agate, jasper, verde antique, and other precious stones, whose names, even, we seldom hear-- and slabs of priceless lapis lazuli lavished every where as recklessly as if the church had owned a quarry of it.
They were sombre blues, opaque like a delicately carved bowl in lapis lazuli, and yet with a quivering lustre that suggested the palpitation of mysterious life; there were purples, horrible like raw and putrid flesh, and yet with a glowing, sensual passion that called up vague memories of the Roman Empire of Heliogabalus; there were reds, shrill like the berries of holly -- one thought of Christmas in England, and the snow, the good cheer, and the pleasure of children -- and yet by some magic softened till they had the swooning tenderness of a dove's breast; there were deep yellows that died with an unnatural passion into a green as fragrant as the spring and as pure as the sparkling water of a mountain brook.
The bare vaulting of trees along the Mall was ceiled with lapis lazuli, and arched above snow that shone like splintered crystals.
But the walls were made of screens of marble tracery--beautiful milk-white fretwork, set with agates and cornelians and jasper and lapis lazuli, and as the moon came up behind the hill it shone through the open work, casting shadows on the ground like black velvet embroidery.
Malik Saleem said that Pakistan has enormous wealth of expensive gems such as ruby, emerald, tourmaline, garnet, topaz, peridot, aquamarine, spinel, pargasite, diopside, moonstone, pink topaz, sapphire, zircon, feldspar, agate, serpentine jade, epidote, pink beryl (morganite), purple beryl, sphene, zoisite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and kunzite etc.
Malik Shahid informed that Pakistan has enormous wealth of expensive gems such as ruby, emerald, tourmaline, garnet, topaz, peridot, aquamarine, spinel, pargasite, diopside, moonstone, pink topaz, sapphire, zircon, feldspar, agate, serpentine jade, epidote, pink beryl (morganite), purple beryl, sphene, zoisite, lapis lazuli, turquoise and kunzite etc and Pakistan could earn huge foreign exchange from exports of gems and jewelry.
Another example is the Lapis Lazuli route, which runs from Afghanistan to Turkey and further to Europe.
Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan are participants of the Lapis Lazuli international transit and transport corridor connecting Afghanistan with Georgia, Turkey and European countries.
Two rings in the shape of solar symbols called obelisks, crafted from gold and lapis lazuli, are without parallel in any other museum.
This undated photo released by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, shows a piece of lapis lazuli Image Credit: AP