from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A precious stone of ancient Israel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gemstone, supposed to have been a form of agate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of precious stone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Some precious stone.


Middle English liguri, from Late Latin ligūrius, from Greek ligūrion, diminutive of ligūros, a precious stone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • 'Some precious stone' is the OED's terse definition.

    August 29, 2008