Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

aqua regia

[ree-jee-uh] /ˈri dʒi ə/
noun, Chemistry.
a yellow, fuming liquid composed of one part nitric acid and three to four parts hydrochloric acid: used chiefly to dissolve metals as gold, platinum, or the like.
Also called nitrohydrochloric acid.
Origin of aqua regia
1600-10; < New Latin: literally, royal water Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for aqua regia
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for aqua regia

aqua regia

a yellow fuming corrosive mixture of one part nitric acid and three to four parts hydrochloric acid, used in metallurgy for dissolving metals, including gold Also called nitrohydrochloric acid
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin: royal water; referring to its use in dissolving gold, the royal metal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
aqua regia in Science
aqua regia
  (rē'jē-ə, rē'jə)   
A corrosive, fuming, volatile mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acids. Aqua regia is used for testing metals and dissolving platinum and gold.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for aqua regia

Word Value for aqua

Scrabble Words With Friends