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lapidary

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noun lap·i·dary \ˈla-pə-ˌder-ē\

Definition of lapidary

plural lap·i·dar·ies

  1. 1 :  a cutter, polisher, or engraver of precious stones usually other than diamonds

  2. 2 :  the art of cutting gems



14th Century

First Known Use of lapidary

14th century

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Rhymes with lapidary

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lapidary

adjective lap·i·dary

Definition of lapidary

  1. 1 :  having the elegance and precision associated with inscriptions on monumental stone <a stanza that has a lapidary dignity>

  2. 2 a :  sculptured in or engraved on stone b :  of, relating to, or suggestive of precious stones or the art of cutting them



Origin of lapidary

Latin lapidarius of stone, from lapid-, lapis stone


First Known Use: 1724

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