lapis lazuli

noun
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

Examples of lapis lazuli in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Well, maybe the blue-and-white Water Snake necklace, a serpent that wraps the neck with five cabochon Ceylon sapphires, a 4.49 carat diamond, and a plethora of other diamonds and lapis lazuli. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 21 June 2022 Van Cleef & Arpels once again looked to the planets, newly reinforcing its astrological creations with fresh designs and stones like lapis lazuli and amazonite for an extra dose of good vibes. Leena Kim And Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 By the 1590s, artists were looking at slate, marble, lapis lazuli, agate, amethyst, alabaster, obsidian, onyx, jasper, limestone and porphyry to envision a new kind of painting. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2022 The list includes a dagger with a blade of iron and a gold hilt with inlays of lapis lazuli. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 In addition to the jewelry and seal, the researchers discovered a wide range of gemstones, including a red carnelian from India, a blue lapis lazuli from Afghanistan and amber from the Baltic Sea. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Dec. 2021 Some of the most striking work in the sale is by Native American jewelers, who reinterpreted their traditional themes with a contemporary aesthetic in bright lapis lazuli, dazzling turquoise, polished wood and fossilized ivory. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Or a necklace made of lapis lazuli, believed by the ancients to ward off melancholy. Kathleen Rooney, The Atlantic, 21 Nov. 2021 Made of lapis lazuli, serpentine, and brass, the Onix Cup from Colombian designer Natalia Criado is the perfect gift for the lovable Nero in your life. Bon Appétit, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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23 Jun 2022

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“Lapis lazuli.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lapis%20lazuli. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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