Lapidary GRE Vocabulary Flashcard
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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.
Parts of speech
Noun: lapidaries: a person who cuts or engraves on precious stones or gemstones
Verb: lapidate: to stone someone to death, throw stones at someone