Definition of lapis lazuli in English:

lapis lazuli

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Pronunciation: /ˌlapɪs ˈlazjʊlʌɪ
 
, -li/
(also lapis)

noun

[mass noun]
1A bright blue metamorphic rock consisting largely of lazurite, used for decoration and in jewellery.
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  • Agates were apparently highly valued by the ancient Egyptians for their lapidary use and were mounted into gold with other precious stones such as lapis and emeralds.
  • Garnet, emerald, jade, and lapis lazuli are among the gemstones created by metamorphic processes.
  • The occurrences, particularly the Tultuy and Malaya Bystraya deposits, are in metasomatized dolonfitic marbles and have been worked for ornamental and architectural lapis sporadically since the mid-1870s.
1.1A bright blue pigment formerly made by crushing lapis lazuli.
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  • Instead of using traditional Japanese mineral pigments such as azurite, lapis, malachite and cinnabar mixed with gelatin, he employed his familiar oil paints and European gilding methods.
  • Instead I pull out my knife to scrape away the paint of her robe, stripping the blue lapis that drapes her shoulders and arms, flaking gold trim into a plastic bag.
1.2A bright blue colour.
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  • Donaldson's first job was for a private client who wanted her bathroom completely decorated in lapis lazuli.
  • These works ranged from swirling, meditative patterns of onyx and white to startling hues of lapis lazuli.
  • The little girls wore strings of lapis lazuli, and the little boys blue Chinese Wellies.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin lapis 'stone' and medieval Latin lazuli, genitive of lazulum, from Persian lāžward 'lapis lazuli'. Compare with azure.

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