Asteriated sapphire
Sapphire Sap"phire (? or ?; 277), n. [OE. saphir, F. saphir, L. sapphirus, Gr. ?, of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. sapp[=i]r.] 1. (Min.) Native alumina or aluminium sesquioxide, {Al2O3}; corundum; esp., the blue transparent variety of corundum, highly prized as a gem. [1913 Webster]

Of rubies, sapphires, and of pearl['e]s white. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Note: Sapphire occurs in hexagonal crystals and also in granular and massive forms. The name sapphire is usually restricted to the blue crystals, while the bright red crystals are called Oriental rubies (see under {Ruby}), the amethystine variety Oriental amethyst (see under {Amethyst}), and the dull massive varieties corundum (a name which is also used as a general term to include all varieties). See {Corundum}. [1913 Webster]

2. The color of the gem; bright blue. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any humming bird of the genus {Hylocharis}, native of South America. The throat and breast are usually bright blue. [1913 Webster]

{Star sapphire}, or {Asteriated sapphire} (Min.), a kind of sapphire which exhibits asterism. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sapphire — Sap phire (? or ?; 277), n. [OE. saphir, F. saphir, L. sapphirus, Gr. ?, of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. sapp[=i]r.] 1. (Min.) Native alumina or aluminium sesquioxide, {Al2O3}; corundum; esp., the blue transparent variety of corundum, highly prized… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Asteriated — As*te ri*a ted, a. [See {Asterias}.] Radiated, with diverging rays; as, asteriated sapphire. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • asteriated — adjective Etymology: Greek asterios Date: 1816 exhibiting asterism < asteriated sapphire > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Star sapphire — Sapphire Sap phire (? or ?; 277), n. [OE. saphir, F. saphir, L. sapphirus, Gr. ?, of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. sapp[=i]r.] 1. (Min.) Native alumina or aluminium sesquioxide, {Al2O3}; corundum; esp., the blue transparent variety of corundum,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Al2O3 — Sapphire Sap phire (? or ?; 277), n. [OE. saphir, F. saphir, L. sapphirus, Gr. ?, of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. sapp[=i]r.] 1. (Min.) Native alumina or aluminium sesquioxide, {Al2O3}; corundum; esp., the blue transparent variety of corundum,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Starstone — Star stone (st[aum]r st[=o]n ), n. (Min.) Asteriated sapphire. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • звёздчатый сапфир — — [Англо русский геммологический словарь. Красноярск, КрасБерри. 2007.] Тематики геммология и ювелирное производство EN asteriated sapphire …   Справочник технического переводчика

  • Asterism (gemmology) — This article is about the characteristic in some gems. For other uses, see Asterism (disambiguation). Asterism on the surface of a blue star sapphire. This is the 182 carat (36.4 g) Star of Bombay, housed in the National Museum of Natural History …   Wikipedia

  • Corundum — General Category Oxide mineral – Hematite group Chemical formula Alumi …   Wikipedia

  • Star stone — Asteria, or star stone (from Gr. do rip, star ), is a name applied to such ornamental stones as exhibit when cut en cabochon a luminous star. The typical asteria is the star sapphire, generally a bluish grey corundum, milky or opalescent, star of …   Wikipedia

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