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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary
a beautiful gem, whose colour is red, with an admixture of purple, and is, in its most perfect state, a gem of extreme value. In hardness it is equal to the sapphire, and second only to the diamond. It is mentioned in Job 28:18 , and Proverbs 8:11 , &c.
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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Ruby'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/r/ruby.html. 1831-2.