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Lapidary GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

Lapidary GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

/lap·i·dary/ (adj)


relating to precious stones or gemstones and polishing or engraving on them, pebble, engraved on a gemstone


Lapidary is the practice of shaping stone, minerals, or gemstones into decorative items such as cabochons, engraved gems (including cameos), and faceted designs. A person who practices lapidary is known as a lapidarist. A lapidarist uses the lapidary techniques of cutting, grinding, and polishing. Hardstone carving requires specialized carving techniques.

In modern contexts, a gemcutter is a person who specializes in cutting diamonds, but in older contexts refers to artists who produced hardstone carvings; engraved gems such as jade carvings, a branch of miniature sculpture or ornament in gemstone.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

Parts of speech

Noun: lapidaries: a person who cuts or engraves on precious stones or gemstones

Noun: lapidation

Verb: lapidate: to stone someone to death, throw stones at someone

Noun: lapidarist

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