lapis lazuli
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin lapis + Medieval Latin lazuli, genitive of lazulum lapis lazuli, from Arabic lāzaward — more at azure Date: 15th century a semiprecious stone that is usually rich azure blue and is essentially a complex silicate often with spangles of pyrites — called also lapis

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  • lapis-lazuli — lapis ou lapis lazuli [ lapis(lazyli) ] n. m. • 1580 lapis;XIIIe lapis lazuli; lat. médiév. lapis lazuli « pierre d azur », de lazulum « azur » → azur ♦ Pierre fine d un bleu d azur ou d outremer, silicate composé de la famille des feldspaths. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lapis-Lazuli — Un bloc de lapis poli …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Lapis lazuli — Un bloc de lapis poli …   Wikipédia en Français

  • lapis-lazuli — lapis ou lapis lazuli (la pis ou la pis la zu li) s. m. Noms vulgaires du minéral appelé lazulite. •   C est ce qui distingue le vrai lapis de la pierre arménienne et de la pierre d azur dont le bleu s évanouit au feu, tandis qu il demeure… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • lapis lazuli — early 15c., from M.L. lapis lazuli, lit. stone of azure, from L. lapis stone + M.L. lazuli, gen. of lazulum, from Arabic lazuward (see AZURE (Cf. azure)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lapis lazuli — Lazuli Laz u*li, n. [F. & NL. lapis lazuli, LL. lazulus, lazurius, lazur from the same Oriental source as E. azure. See {Azure}.] (Min.) A mineral of a fine azure blue color, usually in small rounded masses. It is essentially a silicate of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lapis lazuli — (also lapis) ► NOUN 1) a bright blue metamorphic rock used in jewellery. 2) ultramarine, originally made by crushing this rock. ORIGIN Latin, stone of lapis lazuli , from Persian; related to AZURE(Cf. ↑azure) …   English terms dictionary

  • lapis lazuli — or lapis [lap′is laz′yo͞o lī΄, lap′islazh′yo͞o lī; lap′is laz′yoolē΄, lap′is lazh′ yo͞olē΄] n. [ModL < L lapis, a stone + ML lazuli, gen. of lazulus, azure < Ar lāzaward: see AZURE] 1. an azure blue, opaque semiprecious stone, a mixture of… …   English World dictionary

  • Lapis lazuli — La pis laz u*li . (Min.) An albuminous mineral of a rich blue color; also called {lapis}. Same as {Lazuli}, which see. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lápis-lazúli — s. m. Lazulita …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • lapis-lazuli — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż, ndm, {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}}to samo co lazuryt. {{/stl 7}} …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

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