azurite

noun

azur·​ite ˈa-zhə-ˌrīt How to pronounce azurite (audio)
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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Word History

Etymology

French, from azur azure

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of azurite was in 1842

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“Azurite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/azurite. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

azurite

noun
azur·​ite ˈazh-ə-ˌrīt How to pronounce azurite (audio)
: a blue mineral that is a carbonate of copper and an ore of copper

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