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Mar 24, 2011
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

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usufruct
bailiwick
effulgent
lapidary
taradiddle

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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.

See more usage examples of lapidary in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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