Pronunciation: (ôr"ē-en'tl, ōr"-), [key]
1. (usu. cap.) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Orient, or East; Eastern.
2. of the orient or east; eastern.
3. (cap.) Zoogeog.belonging to a geographical division comprising southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as and including the Philippines, Borneo, and Java.
a. (usu. cap.) designating various gems that are varieties of corundum: Oriental aquamarine; Oriental ruby.
b. fine or precious; orient: oriental agate; oriental garnet.
c. designating certain natural saltwater pearls found esp. in the Orient.
(usually cap.) a native or inhabitant of the Orient.
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