[awr-puh-muh nt]


a mineral, arsenic trisulfide, As2S3, found usually in soft, yellow, foliated masses, used as a pigment.

Origin of orpiment

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Latin auripigmentum pigment of gold; see auri-1, pigment
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a yellow mineral consisting of arsenic trisulphide in monoclinic crystalline form occurring in association with realgar: it is an ore of arsenic. Formula: As 2 S 3

Word Origin for orpiment

C14: via Old French from Latin auripigmentum gold pigment
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Word Origin and History for orpiment

late 13c., from Old French orpiment "arsenic trisulphide, yellow color," from Latin auripigmentum, from aurum "gold" (see aureate) + pigmentum "coloring matter, pigment, paint" (see pigment).

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