Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to stones or the art of working in precious stones.

Part of speech: noun

One who cuts, engraves, and sets precious stones.

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Usage examples "lapidary":

  1. The lapidary knoweth nought But diamond- dust alone, By which full glory may be wrought Upon that precious stone. - "Papers from Overlook-House", Casper Almore.
  2. The renowned " sketch in the lapidary style," prepared for the gravestone of Thomas and Richard Penn, with the introductory paragraphs, constitutes one of the finest assaults in political literature. - "Benjamin Franklin", John Torrey Morse, Jr..
  3. I read it conscientiously from beginning to end, admiring, in my physical capacity, the throbbing passion that prompts such public outbursts of confidence and, from a literary point of view, their lapidary style, model of condensation, impossible to render in English and conditioned by the hard fact that every word costs two sous. - "Old Calabria", Norman Douglas.