azur·​ite | \ ˈa-zhə-ˌrīt How to pronounce azurite (audio) \

Definition of azurite

1 : a mineral that consists of blue basic carbonate of copper and is a minor copper ore
2 : a semiprecious stone derived from azurite

Examples of azurite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Co-founded by Bill Wirtel in 1978, the studio specializes in stone-inlaid knives: The Apache gold, azurite, and turquoise are sourced in Arizona and the petrified brontosaurus bone in Utah. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Sep. 2019 Gemologist Filip Klein, decked out in a three-piece suit and long braid, showed me mineral formations in a big display case, including a $600 azurite, a gigantic $45,000 amethyst and a spectacular $500,000 tourmaline. Anne Kadet, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2017 The turquoise, malachite, azurite, and chrysocolla from there are so beautiful that my eyes just melt. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of azurite

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for azurite

French, from azur azure

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The first known use of azurite was in 1842

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“Azurite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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