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1. (Science: chemical) native alumina or aluminium sesquioxide, Al2O3; corundum; especially, the blue transparent variety of corundum, highly prized as a gem. of rubies, sapphires, and of pearles white. (Chaucer)

Sapphire occurs in hexagonal crystals and also in granular and massive forms. The name sapphire is usually restricted to the blue crystals, while the bright red crystals are called oriental rubies (see under Ruby), the amethystine variety Oriental amethyst (see under Amethyst), and the dull massive varieties corundum (a name which is also used as a general term to include all varieties). See Corundum.

2. The colour of the gem; bright blue.

3. (Science: zoology) Any humming bird of the genus Hylocharis, native of south America. The throat and breast are usually bright blue.

(Science: chemical) star sapphire, or Asteriated sapphire, a kind of sapphire which exhibits asterism.

Origin: OE. Saphir, F. Saphir, L. Sapphirus, Gr, of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. Sappir.

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what butterfly is this?

... gallery. What I gathered there is that it (the butterfly) may be a member of the family Lycaenidae, subfamily - Lycaeninae (asian sapphires). Somewhat similar species images can be found at - 1) http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxonimage/id73069/?taxonid=51368&type=1 2) http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxonimage/id35669/?taxonid=51368&type=1 ...

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