a. A bright blue, as of a clear sky.
b. Heraldry The color blue.
2. The blue sky.
[Middle English, from Old French azur, from Medieval Latin azura, from Arabic al-lāzaward, the azure : al-, the + lāzaward, azure (from Persian lāzhuward, lapis lazuli).]
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