balas

noun
bal·​as | \ ˈba-ləs How to pronounce balas (audio) \

Definition of balas

: a ruby spinel of a pale rose-red or orange

First Known Use of balas

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for balas

Middle English, from Middle French balais, from Medieval Latin balagius, balascius, from Arabic balakhsh, from Balakhshān, ancient region of Afghanistan

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“Balas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balas. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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