lapis lazuli


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lapis lazuli an azure blue semiprecious stone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lapis lazuli (Min) An albuminous mineral of a rich blue color; also called lapis. Same as Lazuli, which see.
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In literature:

The son of Vikartana, then desirous of slaying Bhimasena, seized a dart whose shaft was adorned with gold and stones of lapis lazuli.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The perfume of thy hair is like unto new myrrh, and thy skull is of lapis-lazuli.
"The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians" by E. A. Wallis Budge
The Median lapis lazuli, on the other hand, was the best of its kind.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 3. (of 7): Media" by George Rawlinson
But lapis lazuli and agate seem to have existed within the Empire in huge masses.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
The blue that the western sky wears casually, Sapphire, turquoise, and lapis-lazuli.
"Verses for Children" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Lapis lazuli = lapis lazuro.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
One day I found him making scarabaei out of bits of agate and lapis lazuli.
"My Life as an Author" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
It was a fine blue stone, a lapis lazuli, curiously and artistically set.
"Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
He brought a horse in his right hand, a sistrum in his left, a sistrum of gold and lapis lazuli.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
The mineral aggregate is polished as an ornamental stone, rather resembling lapis-lazuli.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various

In poetry:

Upright neck, shining breast,
Hair true lapis lazuli;
Arms surpassing gold,
Fingers like lotus buds.
"Sister Without Peer" by Anonymous Africas
Two Chinamen, behind them a third,
Are carved in lapis lazuli,
Over them flies a long-legged bird,
A symbol of longevity;
The third, doubtless a serving-man,
Carries a musical instrument.
"Lapis Lazuli" by William Butler Yeats
And there were verdurous courts that scalloped arches wreathed,
Where fountains plashed in bowls of lapis lazuli.
Through enigmatic doors voluptuous accents breathed,
And having Youth I had their Open Sesame.
"The Sultan's Palace" by Alan Seeger
IN tombs of gold and lapis lazuli
Bodies of holy men and women exude
Miraculous oil, odour of violet.
But under heavy loads of trampled clay
Lie bodies of the vampires full of blood;
Their shrouds are bloody and their lips are wet.
"Oil And Blood" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

This "sacred blue " made from lapis lazuli was chosen over organic pigments for its fade resistance.