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malachite

[ mal-uh-kahyt ]
/ ˈmæl əˌkaɪt /
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noun
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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for malachite

malachite
/ (ˈmæləˌkaɪt) /

noun
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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Scientific definitions for malachite

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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