Lapis lazuli

Lapis lazuli
Laboriously extracted from rock, lapis lazuli was brought with difficulty and danger from Afghanistan and Persia to provide a rich blue, known sometimes as azure, or ultramarine (i.e. beyond the sea, where the lapis came from), for scribes and painters of illuminated MSS. Its value was indicated by being used only for significant parts of an image, e.g. the blue of the Virgin's cloak. [< Lat. lapis = stone + lazuli < Persian lazward = lapis lazuli] -

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  • lapis-lazuli — lapis ou lapis lazuli [ lapis(lazyli) ] n. m. • 1580 lapis;XIIIe lapis lazuli; lat. médiév. lapis lazuli « pierre d azur », de lazulum « azur » → azur ♦ Pierre fine d un bleu d azur ou d outremer, silicate composé de la famille des feldspaths. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lapis-Lazuli — Un bloc de lapis poli …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Lapis lazuli — Un bloc de lapis poli …   Wikipédia en Français

  • lapis-lazuli — lapis ou lapis lazuli (la pis ou la pis la zu li) s. m. Noms vulgaires du minéral appelé lazulite. •   C est ce qui distingue le vrai lapis de la pierre arménienne et de la pierre d azur dont le bleu s évanouit au feu, tandis qu il demeure… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • lapis lazuli — early 15c., from M.L. lapis lazuli, lit. stone of azure, from L. lapis stone + M.L. lazuli, gen. of lazulum, from Arabic lazuward (see AZURE (Cf. azure)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lapis lazuli — Lazuli Laz u*li, n. [F. & NL. lapis lazuli, LL. lazulus, lazurius, lazur from the same Oriental source as E. azure. See {Azure}.] (Min.) A mineral of a fine azure blue color, usually in small rounded masses. It is essentially a silicate of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lapis lazuli — (also lapis) ► NOUN 1) a bright blue metamorphic rock used in jewellery. 2) ultramarine, originally made by crushing this rock. ORIGIN Latin, stone of lapis lazuli , from Persian; related to AZURE(Cf. ↑azure) …   English terms dictionary

  • lapis lazuli — or lapis [lap′is laz′yo͞o lī΄, lap′islazh′yo͞o lī; lap′is laz′yoolē΄, lap′is lazh′ yo͞olē΄] n. [ModL < L lapis, a stone + ML lazuli, gen. of lazulus, azure < Ar lāzaward: see AZURE] 1. an azure blue, opaque semiprecious stone, a mixture of… …   English World dictionary

  • Lapis lazuli — La pis laz u*li . (Min.) An albuminous mineral of a rich blue color; also called {lapis}. Same as {Lazuli}, which see. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lápis-lazúli — s. m. Lazulita …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • lapis-lazuli — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż, ndm, {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}}to samo co lazuryt. {{/stl 7}} …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

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