lapidary was our Word of the Day on 03/06/2011. Hear the podcast!
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The Latin word for "stone" is lapis; in that language, something "of or relating to stone" is described as lapidarius. Gem cutters obviously relate well to stone, and during the 14th century someone decided that lapidarius should be related to them. The spelling of the term was modified, and it was borrowed into English as a name for both gem cutters and their art. Since the 1700s, lapidary has also been used as an adjective describing things having the elegance and precision of inscriptions carved on stone monuments or things relating to the art of gem cutting.
Definition of lapidary
- a stanza that has a lapidary dignity
Recent Examples of lapidary from the Web
The event will feature wholesale and retail fashion accessories, gift merchandise, lapidary and beads.
The painting is labored and lapidary, a bravura display of the artist’s ability to counterfeit finishes ranging from gold to velvet to glass to fur, and to catch in a likeness the depths of longing, including his own.
In addition to lapidary displays there also will be fossils and Indian artifacts.
This is a straight-ahead trio for the ages, fed by a tension between Mr. Jarrett’s resolute, lapidary touch and the collective’s shape-shifting, onward drive.
In fact, with its gray tones, the sculptural, lapidary quality of face and flesh, and the way the head and shoulders emerge from a triangular, mountain-like shape, the composition conjures thoughts of Mount Rushmore.
By one reckoning, Housman’s lapidary phrases have been used as titles for more books than any other source except the Bible and Shakespeare.
During the 1950s, lapidary became a popular hobby in the United States.
There’s much to love and admire about this haunting movie, including its lapidary visuals.
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