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[mal-uh-kahyt] /ˈmæl əˌkaɪt/
a green mineral, basic copper carbonate, Cu 2 CO 3 (OH) 2 , an ore of copper, used for making ornamental articles.
a ceramic ware made in imitation of this.
Origin of malachite
1350-1400; < Greek malách(ē) mallow + -ite1; replacing Middle English melochites < Middle French melochite, representing Latin molochītis < Greek molochîtis, derivative of molóchē, variant of maláchē Unabridged
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  • Men wear, passed through the lobe of the ear, an earring with malachite ornamentations, and often with an additional long pendant.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • Carbonate of Copper, malachite; is of a blue or green colour.

  • The walls were of a green marble veined like malachite, the ceiling was of darker marble inlaid with white intaglios.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • He took up the malachite paper-weight and put it on the telegram.

    The Road to the Open Arthur Schnitzler
  • Did you notice his malachite sleeve-buttons and topaz studs?

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • There was also a Russian moujik drawing a gilt sledge on a piece of malachite.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • This description of its occurrence would apply equally well to modern chrysocolla or to malachite.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Some one mentioned in my hearing that malachite was a valuable marble.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • These, like all the objects of copper found at Troy, are coated with verdigris and malachite.

    Troy and its Remains Henry (Heinrich) Schliemann
British Dictionary definitions for malachite


a bright green mineral, found in veins and in association with copper deposits. It is a source of copper and is used as an ornamental stone. Composition: hydrated copper carbonate. Formula: Cu2CO3(OH)2. Crystal structure: monoclinic
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Latin molochītēs, from Greek molokhitis mallow-green stone, from molokhē mallow
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Word Origin and History for malachite

common green ore of copper, late 14c., from French, ultimately from Greek malachitis (lithos) "mallow (stone)," from malakhe "mallow" (see mallow (n.)); the mineral traditionally so called from resemblance of its color to that of the leaves of the mallow plant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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malachite in Science
A bright-green monoclinic mineral occurring as a mass of crystals (an aggregate) with smooth or botryoidal (grape-shaped) surfaces. It is often concentrically banded in different shades of green. Malachite often occurs together with the mineral azurite in copper deposits. Chemical formula: Cu2CO3(OH)2.
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