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A rose-red to orange spinel used as a semiprecious gem, once confused with the ruby.
[Middle English, from Old French balais and from Old Spanish balax; both akin to Medieval Latin balascus, from Arabic balaḫš, from Persian Badakhshān, a region of northeast Afghanistan.]
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balas(ˈbæləs; ˈbeɪ-) or
(Jewellery) a red variety of spinel, used as a gemstone
[C15: from Old French balais, from Arabic bālakhsh, from Badhakhshān, region in Afghanistan where the gem is found]
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bal•as(ˈbæl əs, ˈbeɪ ləs)
a rose-red variety of spinel.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin balas(c)ius < Arabic balakhsh, back formation from Persian Badakhshān district near Samarkand, where gem is found]
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