lapis lazuli

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English[edit]

Lapis lazuli (1)

Etymology[edit]

Medieval Latin lapis (stone) +‎ lazulī (heavens, skies, genitive singular of lazulum). Compare English azure.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌlapɪs ˈlazjʊlaɪ/, /ˌlapɪs ˈlazjʊli/
  • (General American) enPR: lăp'ĭs lăzʹ(y)ə-lē, -lăzʹ(y)ə-lī, -lăzhʹə-lē, -lăzhʹə-lī, IPA(key): /ˌlæpɪs ˈlæz(j)əli/, /-ˈlæz(j)əlaɪ/, /-ˈlæʒəli/, /-ˈlæʒəlaɪ/
  • Hyphenation: la‧pis la‧zu‧li

Noun[edit]

lapis lazuli (countable and uncountable, plural lapides lazuli or lapis lazulis)

  1. (mineralogy) A deep-blue stone, used in making jewelry, and traditionally used to make the pigment ultramarine.
    Synonyms: lapis, lazuli, lazurite
  2. (color) A deep, bright blue, like that of the stone.
    lapis lazuli colour:  

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Adjective[edit]

lapis lazuli

  1. Of a deep, bright blue, like that of the stone.
    • 1997, David Foster Wallace, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again”, in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Kindle edition, Little, Brown Book Group:
      I cannot convey to you the sheer and surreal scale of everything: the towering ship, the ropes, the ties, the anchor, the pier, the vast lapis lazuli dome of the sky.

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English lapis lazuli, from Medieval Latin lapis (stone) and lazulī (of the heavens).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlaː.pɪs laːˈzu.li/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: la‧pis la‧zu‧li

Noun[edit]

lapis lazuli m (uncountable)

  1. (mineralogy) lapis lazuli
    Synonyms: azuursteen, lazuursteen