lapis lazuli

noun la·pis la·zu·li \ ˌla-pəs-ˈla-zə-lē , -ˈla-zhə- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of lapis lazuli

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


LAPIS LAZULI Defined for English Language Learners

lapis lazuli

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Definition of lapis lazuli for English Language Learners

  • : a deep blue stone that is used in jewelry


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