aquamarine

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noun aqua·ma·rine \ ˌä-kwə-mə-ˈrēn , ˌa- \
Updated on: 15 Aug 2017

Definition of aquamarine

1 :a transparent blue, blue-green, or green variety of beryl used as a gem
2 :a pale blue to light greenish blue

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aquamarine Has Latin Roots

Aqua marina * is Latin for "seawater", so when a lovely blue-green form of the semiprecious gem known as beryl was given an English name several centuries ago, *aquamarine seemed appropriate. Aquamarine is the ideal color that most of us carry around in our heads when we imagine the waters that lap the shores of the Greek and Caribbean islands on a sunny day. But even the Mediterranean and the Caribbean can take on lots of other colors depending on weather conditions.

Origin and Etymology of aquamarine

New Latin aqua marina, from Latin, sea water


AQUAMARINE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of aquamarine for English Language Learners

  • : a pale greenish-blue stone that is used in jewelry

  • : a pale greenish-blue color that is more blue than aqua


AQUAMARINE Defined for Kids

aquamarine

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noun aqua·ma·rine \ ˌä-kwə-mə-ˈrēn , ˌa- \

Definition of aquamarine for Students

:a transparent gem that is blue, blue-green, or green


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