Simple Definition of lapis lazuli
: a deep blue stone that is used in jewelry
Full Definition of lapis lazuli
: a semiprecious stone that is usually rich azure blue and is essentially a complex silicate often with spangles of pyrites —called also lapis
Origin of lapis lazuli
Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin lapis + Medieval Latin lazuli, genitive of lazulum lapis lazuli, from Arabic lāzaward — more at azure
First Known Use: 15th century
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