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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ru·by /ˈrubi/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ru·by n.; pl. Rubies
 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.
    Of rubies, sapphires, and pearles white.   --Chaucer.
 2. The color of a ruby; carmine red; a red tint.
    The natural ruby of your cheeks.   --Shak.
 3. That which has the color of the ruby, as red wine. Hence, a red blain or carbuncle.
 4. Print. See Agate, n., 2. [Eng.]
 5. Zool. Any species of South American humming birds of the genus Clytolaema. The males have a ruby-colored throat or breast.
 Ruby of arsenic, Ruby of sulphur Chem., a glassy substance of a red color and a variable composition, but always consisting chiefly of the disulphide of arsenic; -- called also ruby sulphur.
 Ruby of zinc Min., zinc sulphide; the mineral zinc blende or sphalerite.
 Ruby silver Min., red silver. See under Red.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ru·by, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rubied p. pr. & vb. n. Rubying.] To make red; to redden. [R.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ru·by, a. Ruby-colored; red; as, ruby lips.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : having any of numerous bright or strong colors reminiscent
            of the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
            [syn: red, reddish, ruddy, blood-red, carmine,
             cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby-red,
      n 1: a transparent piece of ruby that has been cut and polished
           and is valued as a precious gem
      2: a transparent deep red variety of corundum; used as a
         gemstone and in lasers
      3: a deep and vivid red [syn: crimson, deep red]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (Heb. peninim), only in plural (Lam. 4:7). The ruby was one of
    the stones in the high priest's breastplate (Ex. 28:17). A
    comparison is made between the value of wisdom and rubies (Job
    28:18; Prov. 3:15; 8:11). The price of a virtuous woman is said
    to be "far above rubies" (Prov. 31:10). The exact meaning of the
    Hebrew word is uncertain. Some render it "red coral;" others,
    "pearl" or "mother-of-pearl."