lapis lazuli

la·​pis la·​zu·​li | \ ˌla-pəs-ˈla-zə-lē How to pronounce lapis lazuli (audio) , -ˈla-zhə-\

Definition of lapis lazuli

: a semiprecious stone that is usually rich azure blue and is essentially a complex silicate often with spangles of pyrites

called also lapis

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Piero has also taken the liberty of eliminating red in Mary’s clothing, mantling her solely in her other primary color, blue, an expensive shade made from lapis lazuli brought from Afghanistan along the Silk Road. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "On the Brink of the Savior’s Arrival," 12 Oct. 2018 Her daughter Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, meanwhile, had brought its own changes—and, in some instances (those faux lapis lazuli columns, for instance), scrupulous archeological restorations. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Inside Buckingham Palace’s Resplendent, Never-Before Seen Rooms," 4 Oct. 2018 But combined with lapis lazuli, turquoise, tiger’s eye, agate stones, and freshwater pearls, the wire used in these traps has become stunning jewelry with a global market. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meanwhile in ... Cambodia, 'hero rats' are helping with mine clearance," 14 June 2018 To achieve their effects, the Mughal court artists used pigments composed, among other things, of lapis lazuli, gold, tin and charcoal. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Souvenirs of a Prince’s Passage to India," 18 May 2018 Delicate floral designs inlaid with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone, jasper and mother-of-pearl, decorate a variety of marbles and contrast with the more traditional geometric ceramic details. Jim Berleley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Dubai," 5 Oct. 2016 Almost anything can be found carved from lapis lazuli, a semiprecious, deep blue gemstone native to Afghanistan. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "There Are No Chickens on Chicken Street. Now There Are No Customers Either.," 22 Apr. 2018 These gowns, two made by Jean Lanvin in the 1930s and the rest from a 2011 capsule collection by Rodarte, suggest an early-Renaissance rainbow, their colors the saturated pastels of Giotto and the lapis lazuli of Fra Angelico. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Review: A Gift From the Sartorial Gods," 10 May 2018 One of the most prized pigments was the deep blue made with the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, writes Allison Meier for Hyperallergic. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "New Exhibition Unfolds the “Bizarre” Stories Behind Centuries-Old Pigments," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lapis lazuli

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lapis lazuli

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin lapis + Medieval Latin lazuli, genitive of lazulum lapis lazuli, from Arabic lāzaward — more at azure

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English Language Learners Definition of lapis lazuli

: a deep blue stone that is used in jewelry

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