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.
Origin of colcothar
1595–1605; < Medieval Latin < Old Spanish colcotar, Spanish Arabic qulquṭār, perhaps < Greek chálkanthos copper sulfate solution
Also called jewelers' rouge.
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Examples from the Web for colcothar
Historical Examples of colcothar
A factitious article is prepared by calcining a mixture of colcothar and red ochre.
When this Colcothar hath undergone a violent fire, as in the experiment now related, scarce any Acid remains therein.
The wooden disc is also employed for this purpose with putty, colcothar, or washed tripoli.
When the cork or wooden disc edged with hat felt is used for polishing, putty or colcothar is applied to it.
Emery with oil is used for grinding down, and tin-putty or colcothar for polishing.
British Dictionary definitions for colcothar
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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