Meaning of LAPIS LAZULI in English

|lapə̇ˈslazə(ˌ)lē, |lāp-, -azhə- also -əˌlī or |läpəˈsläzə(ˌ)lē noun

also lapis

Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin lapis stone + Medieval Latin lazuli, gen. of lazulum lapis lazuli, from Arabic lāzaward — more at azure

1. : a semiprecious stone usually of a rich azure blue color that is essentially a lazurite but contains hauynite, sodalite, and other minerals, occurs usually in small rounded masses frequently showing spangles of iron pyrites, and is probably the sapphire of the ancients

2. : lapis lazuli blue

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