bal·​as ˈba-ləs How to pronounce balas (audio)
: a ruby spinel of a pale rose-red or orange

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balas was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Balas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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