Definitions for azuriteˈæʒ əˌraɪt
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a blue mineral, a hydrous copper carbonate, Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2, an ore of copper.
Category: Mineralogy, Jewelry
a gem of moderate value cut from this mineral.
Origin of azurite:
A blue vitreous mineral; a basic copper carbonate, with the chemical formula Cu(CO)(OH).
blue carbonate of copper; blue malachite
Azurite is a soft, deep blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits. It is also known as Chessylite after the type locality at Chessy-les-Mines near Lyon, France. The mineral, a carbonate, has been known since ancient times, and was mentioned in Pliny the Elder's Natural History under the Greek name kuanos and the Latin name caeruleum. The blue of azurite is exceptionally deep and clear, and for that reason the mineral has tended to be associated since antiquity with the deep blue color of low-humidity desert and winter skies. The modern English name of the mineral reflects this association, since both azurite and azure are derived via Arabic from the Persian lazhward, an area known for its deposits of another deep blue stone, lapis lazuli.
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