Todays Word: “lapidary”

Word: lapidary

PRONUNCIATION:

(LAP-i-der-ee)

MEANING:

adj.:
1. Relating to precious stones or cutting and polishing them.
2. Having elegance, precision, or refinement suggestive of gem cutting.

noun:
1. One who cuts, polishes, or deals in precious stones.
2. The art of cutting and polishing gems.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin lapis (stone). Earliest documented use: 1382.

USAGE:

“The event will feature live and silent auctions of minerals and fossils … and demonstrations of lapidary and jewelry making.”
Earth Science Show Planned; Naperville Sun (Illinois); Feb 8, 2011.

“The beauty of this film is in its lapidary details, which sparkle with feeling and surprise.”
Carina Chocano; Movie Review: Babel; Los Angeles Times; Oct 27, 2006.

Explore “lapidary” in the Visual Thesaurus.

 

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