You searched for: “lapidary
lapidary (LAP uh der" ee, LAP i der" i) (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Descriptive of gems and precious stones, or the art of working with them: Ted's jewelry store is considered to be the best lapidary place to buy necklaces and rings.
2. Conveying the refinement and precision characteristic of valuable stonecutting: Mary was very pleased when Madison gave her the lapidary ring for their wedding anniversary.
3. Etymology: from Latin lapidarius, from lapis, lapod-, "stone".
This entry is located in the following unit: lapid-, lapis- (page 1)
lapidary (LAP uh der" ee) (s) (noun), lapidaries (pl)
1. A dealer or salesperson who is a connoisseur of valuable jewelry: When Tom and Janice went to the shop selling watches and precious stones, the lapidary showed them many exquisite rings that they might like for their wedding.
2. A specialist who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems or precious stones: Jack wanted to have the ring for his wife inscribed with the date of their marriage, so he went to a lapidary to have it done.
Someone who works by cutting, polishing, or engraving jewelry.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.