lapis lazuli

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English[edit]

A large stone block
Lapis lazuli (1)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English lapis lazuli, from Medieval Latin lapis (stone) +‎ lazulī, genitive singular of lazulum (lapis lazuli, azure, the sky), from Arabic لَازُوَرْد(lāzuward, lapis lazuli, azure), from Persian لاجورد(lâjvard). Compare azure, of the same origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌlap.ɪs ˈlaz.jʊ.laɪ/, /ˈlaz.jʊ.li/
  • (General American) enPR: lăp'ĭs lăzʹ(y)ə-lē, lăzʹ(y)ə-lī, lăzhʹə-lē, lăzhʹə-lī, IPA(key): /ˌlæp.ɪs ˈlæz.(j)ə.li/, /ˈlæz.(j)ə.laɪ/, /ˈlæʒ.ə.li/, /ˈlæʒ.ə.laɪ/, /ləˈzu.li/
  • 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:  

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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]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nl

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

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Internationalism; compare English lapis lazuli, French lapis-lazuli, and German Lapislazuli.

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Noun[edit]

lapis lazuli m inan (indeclinable)

  1. lapis lazuli, lazurite
    Synonym: lazuryt

Further reading[edit]

  • lapis lazuli in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • lapis lazuli in Polish dictionaries at PWN