lazuli

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lazuli an azure blue semiprecious stone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lazuli (Min) A mineral of a fine azure-blue color, usually in small rounded masses. It is essentially a silicate of alumina, lime, and soda, with some sodium sulphide, is often marked by yellow spots or veins of sulphide of iron, and is much valued for ornamental work. Called also lapis lazuli, and Armenian stone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lazuli Short for lapis lazuli (which see, under lapis).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lazuli laz′ū-lī. See Lapis-lazuli, under Lapidary.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. & NL. lapis lazuli, LL. lazulus, lazurius, lazur, from the same Oriental source as E. azure,. See Azure

Usage

In literature:

I am wearing my lazuli necklace, The necklace you fastened askew!
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Various
The sky is like a turquoise, the sea is like lazuli, and the mountains are like emeralds.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
From Kansas to the Pacific Ocean he is replaced by his brother, the Lazuli Bunting.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
The middle of each group consists of three beads of dark purple lazuli.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
The walls and pillars are inlaid with costly stones of various shapes: lapis-lazuli and malachite, nephrite and agate.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
As a specimen of the more common formula on these tablets, a lapis lazuli tablet of Nippur may be chosen.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Pieces of lapis lazuli are being cleverly polished.
"The Little Clay Cart" by (Attributed To) King Shudraka
On the marble floor were designs of graceful bouquets in onyx, lapis-lazuli, and agate.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
It is inlaid with turquoise, malachite, and lapis-lazuli, and sparkles with precious stones.
"Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt" by James Baikie
Queen Elizabeth sat in that chair near the antique mantelpiece of lapis-lazuli; this chair is never moved.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
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In poetry:

Upright neck, shining breast,
Hair true lapis lazuli;
Arms surpassing gold,
Fingers like lotus buds.
"Sister Without Peer" by Anonymous Africas
Velvet swatches our lissome limbs
Languid lapped by sky & sea
Soul through sense & spirit swims
Through the pregnant porphyry
Dome of lapiz-lazuli:-
Heart of silence, hush our hymns.
"Lyric of Love to Leah" by Aleister Crowley
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.
Once a male Lazuli Bunting settles on its own personal tune, it sings that one exclusively.
With it's longer than usual length of over five minutes, Beach House's ' Lazuli ' will still leave you wishing it were longer.
Gary Woods saw this Lazuli Bunting in a raisin-grape vineyard near Fresno, California.
With it's longer than usual length of over five minutes, Beach House 's 'Lazuli' will still leave you wishing it were longer.
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