Lapidaries
Lapidary Lap"i*da*ry, n.; pl. {Lapidaries}. [L. lapidarius, fr. lapidarius pertaining to stone: cf. F. lapidaire.] 1. An artificer who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones; hence, a dealer in precious stones. [1913 Webster]

2. A virtuoso skilled in gems or precious stones; a connoisseur of lapidary work. [1913 Webster]

{Lapidary's lathe}, {Lapidary's mill}, {Lapidary's wheel}, a machine consisting essentially of a revolving lap on a vertical spindle, used by a lapidary for grinding and polishing. [1913 Webster]


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