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Definition of "ultramarine" []

  • A blue pigment made from powdered lapis lazuli. (noun)
  • A similar pigment made synthetically by heating clay, sodium carbonate, and sulfur together. (noun)
  • A vivid or strong blue to purplish blue. (noun)
  • Of the color ultramarine. (adjective)
  • Of or from a place beyond the sea. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ultramarine" in a sentence
  • "Another method of purifying the ultramarine from the cement may be used, which is the pricking the yolks of eggs with a pin, and moistening the matter to be purified with the soft part that will run out, and working them together in a glass or flint mortar; after which the mixture must be put into the lixivium, and proceeded with as is above directed."
  • "Then he looked at the third, whereon he found written in ultramarine these two couplets,"
  • "The use of an expensive coloring source or coloring material was reasonable, for example, when substitutes were not good enough, when the area to be covered was small but central to the design, or when the quantity of coloring material produced was large in proportion to the amount of coloring source used. reference True ultramarine is a brilliant, beautiful, and reasonably durable pigment."