[ awr-puh-muhnt ]
/ ˈɔr pə mənt /


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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/ (ˈɔːpɪmənt) /


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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