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/ ˈzæf ər /
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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 sapphīrasapphire
Words nearby zaffer
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Example sentences from the Web for zaffer
Zaffer was accompanied on this visit to the Pacha by the prime vizier of Cambaya, and both were received with much honour.
The same day on which we anchored near Diu, one Khojah Zaffer came on board in a galley.
British Dictionary definitions for zaffer
/ (ˈzæfə) /
impure cobalt oxide, used to impart a blue colour to enamels
Word Origin for zaffer
C17: from Italian zaffera; perhaps related to Latin sapphīrus sapphire
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