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  1. Malchus, a.d. c233–c304, Greek philosopher.
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Related formsPor·phyr·e·an [pawr-feer-ee-uh n] /pɔrˈfɪər i ən/, adjectivePor·phyr·i·an, adjective, nounPor·phyr·i·an·ist, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • They have also St. Peter's sword, with which he smote off the ear of Malchus.

  • That Peter cut off the right ear of Malchus, is beyond all doubt.

  • I have written to her twice, and to Malchus three times—but no answer.

British Dictionary definitions for malchus


noun plural -ries
  1. any igneous rock with large crystals embedded in a finer groundmass of minerals
  2. obsolete a reddish-purple rock consisting of large crystals of feldspar in a finer groundmass of feldspar, hornblende, etc
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Word Origin

C14 porfurie, from Late Latin porphyrītēs, from Greek porphuritēs (lithos) purple (stone), from porphuros purple


  1. original name Malchus. 232–305 ad, Greek Neo-Platonist philosopher, born in Syria; disciple and biographer of Plotinus
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Word Origin and History for malchus



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.

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malchus in Science


  1. An igneous rock containing the large crystals known as phenocrysts embedded in a fine-grained matrix.
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Related formsporphyritic adjective (pôr′fə-rĭtĭk)
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