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or zaf·fre

  1. an artificial mixture, resembling smalt, containing cobalt oxide and, usually, silica, used to produce a blue color in glass and in ceramic glazes.
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Origin of zaffer

1655–65; < Italian zaffera, perhaps < Latin sapphīra sapphire
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  • Zaffer was accompanied on this visit to the Pacha by the prime vizier of Cambaya, and both were received with much honour.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VI

    Robert Kerr

British Dictionary definitions for zaffer



  1. impure cobalt oxide, used to impart a blue colour to enamels
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Word Origin

C17: from Italian zaffera; perhaps related to Latin sapphīrus sapphire
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