balas definition

  • noun:
    • A rose-red to orange spinel utilized as a semiprecious treasure, when confused with the ruby.
    • a kind of rose-coloured spinel when considered a type of ruby (today often used attributively: balas-ruby).
    • a number of spinel ruby, of a pale rose-red shade, occasionally inclining to orange. See spinel. Frequently labeled as balas-ruby.
    • a lengthy dagger intended for thrusting rather than cutting, used by the Turks; a Turkish yataghan.
    • a pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinel

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