- 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.
Origin of malachite
Examples from the Web for malachite
Instead, Lagerfeld explored the darkness of malachite, iron ore, and marcasite.Paris Fall Fashion Week 2012: A Finale at Yves Saint Laurent
March 7, 2012
Jeroloman, who had left his hat on the malachite bench in the hall, smoothed his gloves.The Paliser case
The pedestals are inlaid with malachite, a present from the emperor Nicholas of Russia.Pagan and Christian Rome
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.Hortense, Makers of History Series
John S. C. Abbott
A small shell, with chips of malachite, was before the face.El Kab
- 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 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.
- 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.