Definition of Balas ruby

1. Noun. A pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinel.

Exact synonyms: Balas
Generic synonyms: Ruby Spinel, Spinel Ruby



Definition of Balas ruby

1. Noun. (archaic) A rose-tinted spinel. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Balas ruby

1. A variety of spinel ruby, of a pale rose red, or inclining to orange. See Spinel. Origin: OE. Bales, balais, F. Balais, LL. Balascus, fr. Ar. Balakhsh, so called from Badakhshan, Balashan, or Balaxiam, a place in the neighborhood of Samarcand, where this ruby is found. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Balas Ruby

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balanoid
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balaphone
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balas
balas-ruby
balas ruby (current term)
balase
balases
balata
balata tree
balatas
balaunce
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balbuties

Literary usage of Balas ruby

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1. A manual of precious stones and antique gems by Hodder Michael Westropp (1874)
"balas ruby. Pliny mentions among the flame-coloured stones the lychnis, so called from its lustre being heightened by the light of the lamp, ..."

2. Handbook of Archaeology: Egyptian-Greek-Etruscan-Roman by Hodder Michael Westropp (1878)
"LYCHNIS—balas ruby. The flame-coloured stone, called lychnis, is, according to Pliny, so called from its lustre being heightened by the light of the lamp. ..."

3. Mineralogy Simplified: Easy Methods of Identifying Minerals, Including Ores by Henry Erni (1901)
"The following are the principal varieties: Ruby Spinel, balas ruby, MgAl,04. Clear rose to red. Used as a gem. ..."

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