- Malchus, a.d. c233–c304, Greek philosopher.
Examples from the Web for malchus
Historical Examples of malchus
The man thus wounded was Malchus, a servant of the high priest.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
I wrote to her twice and three times to Malchus, but no answer.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
They have also St. Peter's sword, with which he smote off the ear of Malchus.The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)
That Peter cut off the right ear of Malchus, is beyond all doubt.The Works of Sir Thomas Browne
I have written to her twice, and to Malchus three times—but no answer.Beethoven: A Memoir (2nd Ed.)
- any igneous rock with large crystals embedded in a finer groundmass of minerals
- obsolete a reddish-purple rock consisting of large crystals of feldspar in a finer groundmass of feldspar, hornblende, etc
Word Origin for porphyry
- original name Malchus. 232–305 ad, Greek Neo-Platonist philosopher, born in Syria; disciple and biographer of Plotinus
type of ornamental stone, late 14c., porfurie, from Old French porfire, from Italian porfiro and in some cases directly from Latin porphyrites, a purple semi-precious stone quarried near the Red Sea in Egypt, from Greek porphyrites (lithos) "the purple (stone)," from porphyra (n.) "purple, purple dye" (see purple). Spelling Latinized mid-15c. Now used generally for a type of igneous rock without regard to color. Porphyrios was an ancient proper name.
- An igneous rock containing the large crystals known as phenocrysts embedded in a fine-grained matrix.