A rose-red to orange spinel used as a semiprecious gem, once confused with the ruby.(noun)
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Use "balas" in a sentence
"It is possible that the Arabic word balas, a profligate, wicked person, may have influenced Muhammad in the formation of the word Eblis."
"The white were pearls; the sparkling and transparent Were diamonds; the deep red were rubies; the paler, a particular sort of ruby called balas; the green, emeralds; the blue, turquoises; the violet, amethysts; those tinged with yellow, sapphires."
"And yet his work stands out from the ruck of the contemporary versifiers as a balas ruby among carrots."