lapis lazuli

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noun la·pis la·zu·li \ˌlap-əs-ˈla-zə-lē, -ˈla-zhə-\

Definition of lapis lazuli

  1. :  a semiprecious stone that is usually rich azure blue and is essentially a complex silicate often with spangles of pyrites —called also lapis

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


First Known Use: 15th century


LAPIS LAZULI Defined for English Language Learners

lapis lazuli

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noun la·pis la·zu·li \ˌlap-əs-ˈla-zə-lē, -ˈla-zhə-\

Definition of lapis lazuli for English Language Learners

  • : a deep blue stone that is used in jewelry


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