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ruby British & World English

A precious stone consisting of corundum in colour varieties varying from deep crimson or purple to pale rose

Ruby, Jack British & World English

(1911–67), US nightclub owner; born Jack Rubenstein. On November 24, 1963, he shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of murdering President Kennedy. The act was captured on national television

ruby port British & World English

A deep red port, especially one matured in wood for only a few years and then fined

ruby-tail British & World English

A small metallic cuckoo wasp that is typically greenish-blue with an orange-red tip to the abdomen. Its larvae feed on the eggs and larvae of its host

star ruby British & World English

A cabochon ruby reflecting an opalescent starlike image owing to its regular internal structure

balas ruby British & World English

A ruby of a delicate rose-red variety

ruby glass British & World English

Glass coloured red by the inclusion of specific impurities such as gold or metal oxides

spinel ruby British & World English

A deep red variety of spinel, often of gem quality

ruby wedding British & World English

The fortieth anniversary of a wedding

Ruby Mountains British & World English

A range in northeastern Nevada, noted for its alpine scenery

ruby-tail wasp in ruby-tail British & World English

A small metallic cuckoo wasp that is typically greenish-blue with an orange-red tip to the abdomen. Its larvae feed on the eggs and larvae of its host