[ mal-uh-kahyt ]
/ ˈmæl əˌkaɪt /


a green mineral, basic copper carbonate, Cu2CO3(OH)2, an ore of copper, used for making ornamental articles.
a ceramic ware made in imitation of this.

Nearby words

  1. malabsorption syndrome,
  2. malacca,
  3. malacca cane,
  4. malacca, strait of,
  5. malachi,
  6. malachy,
  7. malacia,
  8. malaco-,
  9. malacology,
  10. malacophily

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malachite


/ (ˈmæləˌkaɪt) /


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

Word Origin for malachite

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



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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Science definitions for malachite


[ mălə-kīt′ ]

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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