• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sapphire-wing a humming-bird
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sapphirus—Gr. sappheiros—Heb. sappīr, sapphire.


In literature:

Great big fat ones with steel and sapphire on their wings.
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
She was happily away, borne by a whiter than swan's wing on the sapphire Mediterranean.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
A jay, coming for the first time out of his wood, folded his sapphire wings on a leafless cherry tree.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
Desire, winged with the scent of lilac blossom, stole in through the sapphire window.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
It was his part to ride the Winged Victory, the aeroplane that dared those sapphire heights above the flying-ground.
"The Boy with Wings" by Berta Ruck

In poetry:

I watched it long and long
Till a flying sunfish
Swam through its branches.
He had opal wings
And a sapphire tail.
"The Apple-Jelly-Fish-Tree" by Hilda Conkling
I watched to-day a butterfly,
With gorgeous wings of golden sheen,
Flit lightly 'neath a sapphire sky
Amid the springtime's tender green;--
"The Butterfly" by John Lawson Stoddard
Come with the pointed toe of each black shoe
trailing a sapphire highlight,
with a black capeful of butterfly wings and bon-mots,
with heaven knows how many angels all riding
on the broad black brim of your hat,
please come flying.
"Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore" by Elizabeth Bishop