[stib-ee-uh m]

Origin of stibium

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin stibi(s), stibium < Greek stíbi (variant of stímmi < Egyptian sdm) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stibium

Historical Examples of stibium

  • Her eyes are coloured with stibium, and her nostrils are shaped like the wings of a swallow.

  • There are besides this, certain other cements which part gold from silver, composed of sulphur, stibium and other ingredients.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • The sixth method consists in heating together a bes of the copper and one-sixth of a libra each of sulphur, salt, and stibium.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Some of the alabasti would contain kohl or stibium, some salves and ointments, others perhaps perfumed washes for the complexion.

    History of Phoenicia

    George Rawlinson

  • A mixture of pulverised antimony (stibium) and zinc is still used by women in the East for this purpose.

British Dictionary definitions for stibium


  1. an obsolete name for antimony
Derived Formsstibial, adjective

Word Origin for stibium

C14: from Latin: antimony (used as a cosmetic in ancient Rome), via Greek from Egyptian stm
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