Green sapphire

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Green sapphire the Oriental emerald
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sapphirus—Gr. sappheiros—Heb. sappīr, sapphire.

Usage

In literature:

According to the moods of the sky the water in this tarn is blue and green, but as a sapphire is blue, as an emerald is green.
"Massimilla Doni" by Honore de Balzac
Upon washing away the clay and gravel, a great number of gems of small value remained (chiefly sapphire, ruby, jacinth and green tourmaline).
"Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
Bare from her garters up her flesh appears under the sapphire a nixie's green.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
The Connop Greens were lavish with sapphires, the De Brownes with pearls, and the Smijths with opal.
"The American Senator" by Anthony Trollope
In the reduction flame the bead is brown while hot, but changes, upon cooling, to a beautiful sapphire-green.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
There was a splendid sunshine, a sky blue as sapphire, and a lovely green ripple of waves against the glass.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
There was a wealth of sapphire and purple in the water; there were thin shore lines of vivid green and dazzling sand.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
For a moment the three stared at the unending wastes of brown and gray-green, belled over by a cloudless sapphire sky.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
The turf had a silken gloss; the trees stood darkly and richly green, and the water was purest sapphire.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
Most green sapphires are of too blue a green to resemble emerald.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
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In poetry:

I've ruby and sapphire, blended with gold,
And here's an emerald green,
A parting gift, for my coronet,
From summer's dying queen.
"October" by Sallie Williams Hardcastle
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