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colcothar

[ kol-kuh-ther ]
/ ˈkɒl kə θər /
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noun Chemistry.
the brownish-red oxide of iron produced by heating ferrous sulfate: used chiefly as a pigment in paints and theatrical rouge, and as a polishing agent.
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Also called jewelers' rouge.

Origin of colcothar

1595–1605; <Medieval Latin <Old Spanish colcotar,Spanish Arabic qulquṭār, perhaps <Greek chálkanthos copper sulfate solution
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British Dictionary definitions for colcothar

colcothar
/ (ˈkɒlkəˌθɑː) /

noun
a finely powdered form of ferric oxide produced by heating ferric sulphate and used as a pigment and as jewellers' rougeAlso called: crocus

Word Origin for colcothar

C17: from French colcotar, from Spanish colcótar, from Arabic dialect qulqutār
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