[ ree-al-ger, -gahr ]
/ riˈæl gər, -gɑr /


arsenic disulfide, As2S2, found in nature as an orange-red mineral and also produced artificially: used in pyrotechnics.

Origin of realgar

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin realgerArabic rahj al-ghār powder of the mine or cave
Also called red orpiment. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for realgar

/ (rɪˈælɡə) /


a rare orange-red soft mineral consisting of arsenic sulphide in monoclinic crystalline form. It occurs in Utah and Romania and as a deposit from hot springs. It is an important ore of arsenic and is also used as a pigment. Formula: AsS

Word Origin for realgar

C14: via Medieval Latin from Arabic rahj al-ghar powder of the mine
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