Examples from the Web for calamine
The systematic distillation of zinc from calamine was not discovered in Europe until the 18th Century.De Re Metallica|Georgius Agricola
When it was afterwards remarked that calamine gave to copper a yellow colour, the same name was conferred on it also.
Hemimorphite occurs with other ores of zinc (calamine and blende), forming veins and beds in sedimentary limestones.
Smithsonite is a carbonate much resembling, and often found with, calamine.The A B C of Mining|Charles A. Bramble
Calamine, kal′a-mīn, n. an ore consisting essentially of carbonate of zinc.
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Word Origin for calamine
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.