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Word for the Travel Wise (03/14/06)
Today's word is a word most commonly known in Dominican Republic:
Larimar - a rare form of pectolite discovered in the 1970's in the Dominican Republic. The name comes from a combination of Larissa and Mar, the Spanish word for sea.
Obviously this word isn't a complete Spanish word, but if you happen to find yourself in the D.R. and see the beautiful blue stone remember it's Larimar and not turquoise which it is often mistaken. If you're as wild about learning more about gems and stones as I am you may wish to check out the online Larimar Museum which I mentioned sometime ago. At that time I was told the actual museum located in Santo Domingo is much better so I can only imagined what going into the mines must be like! Anyone willing to join me?
The official language of the D.R. is Spanish so between planning make sure you refresh your vocabulary and visit some of past Spanish words here on Gadling: escalar, cercano, realidad.