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.
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Origin of aqua regia
1600–10; < New Latin: literally, royal water
Also called nitrohydrochloric acid.
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a yellow fuming corrosive mixture of one part nitric acid and three to four parts hydrochloric acid, used in metallurgy for dissolving metals, including goldAlso called: nitrohydrochloric acid
Word Origin for aqua regia
C17: from New Latin: royal water; referring to its use in dissolving gold, the royal metal
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A corrosive, fuming, volatile mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acids. Aqua regia is used for testing metals and dissolving platinum and gold.
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