precious stone, lapis lazuli; cp. the same word “beryl” (with metathesis r → l; not fr. the Sk. form), which the Greeks brought to Europe from India
■ DN.i.76; Vin.ii.112; SN.i.64; AN.i.215; AN.iv.199, AN.iv.203 sq.; Ja.iii.437; Pv.ii.7#5 Mhvs.11, Mhvs.16; Dhp-a.ii.220. Often in descriptions of Vimānas, e.g. Vv.2#1; Vv.12#1; Vv.17#1; cp. Vv-a.27, Vv-a.60
■ Probably through a word-play with veḷu (bamboo; popular etymology) it is said to have the colour of bamboo: see vaṃsa-rāga & vaṃsa-vaṇṇa. At Ja.i.207 a peacock’s neck is described as having the colour of the veḷuriya At Mil.267 (in inventory of “loka”) we have the foll enumeration of precious stones: pavāḷa coral, lohitaṅka ruby, masāragalla cat’s eye, veḷuriya lapis lazuli, vajira diamend. See also under ratana1.

cp. dial. Sk. vaiḍūrya