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malachite

[mal-uh-kahyt]
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noun
  1. a green mineral, basic copper carbonate, Cu2CO3(OH)2, an ore of copper, used for making ornamental articles.
  2. a ceramic ware made in imitation of this.
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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
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Related Words

olive, blue-green, fir, sap, jade, sage, moss, pine, forest, sea, grass, peacock, apple, spinach, willow, verdigris, malachite, beryl, chartreuse, kelly

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  • Jeroloman, who had left his hat on the malachite bench in the hall, smoothed his gloves.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • The pedestals are inlaid with malachite, a present from the emperor Nicholas of Russia.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • In this light the water is of a bright green like malachite.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • Eugene has given me, for you, a necklace of malachite, engraved in relief.

  • A small shell, with chips of malachite, was before the face.

    El Kab

    J.E. Quibell


British Dictionary definitions for malachite

malachite

noun
  1. 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: Cu 2 CO 3 (OH) 2 . Crystal structure: monoclinic
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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

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

malachite in Science

malachite

[mălə-kīt′]
  1. 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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