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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ruby  \Ru"by\,  n.;  pl  {Rubies}.  [F.  rubis  (cf.  Pr  robi),  LL 
  rubinus,  robinus,  fr  L.  rubeus  red,  reddish,  akin  to  ruber. 
  See  {Rouge},  {red}.] 
  1.  (Min.)  A  precious  stone  of  a  carmine  red  color,  sometimes 
  verging  to  violet,  or  intermediate  between  carmine  and 
  hyacinth  red.  It  is  a  red  crystallized  variety  of 
  corundum. 
 
  Note:  Besides  the  true  or  Oriental  ruby  above  defined,  there 
  are  the  balas  ruby,  or  ruby  spinel,  a  red  variety  of 
  spinel,  and  the  rock  ruby,  a  red  variety  of  garnet. 




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