Origin of calamine
Examples from the Web for calamine
Three parts of copper were used for three of calamine and two of charcoal.
Early brass was copper mixed with calamine melted in a crucible.Chats on Old Copper and Brass
Fred. W. Burgess
Smithsonite is a carbonate much resembling, and often found with, calamine.The A B C of Mining
Charles A. Bramble
The systematic distillation of zinc from calamine was not discovered in Europe until the 18th Century.De Re Metallica
Calamine, kal′a-mīn, n. an ore consisting essentially of carbonate of zinc.
Word Origin and History for calamine
zinc carbonate; zinc silicate, 1590s, from French calamine, from Old French calemine, chalemine (13c.), from Medieval Latin calamina, corrupted by alchemists from Latin cadmia "zinc ore," from Greek kadmeia (see cadmium). Or possibly the Medieval Latin word is from Latin calamus "reed," in reference to the mineral's shape.
- A pink, odorless, tasteless powder of zinc oxide with a small amount of ferric oxide, dissolved in mineral oils and used in skin lotions.