zaffer

or zaf·fre

[ zaf-er ]
/ ˈzæf ər /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. zadar,
  2. zaddik,
  3. zadkine,
  4. zadkine, ossip,
  5. zadok,
  6. zaftig,
  7. zafu,
  8. zag,
  9. zagazig,
  10. zaghlul

Origin of zaffer

1655–65; < Italian zaffera, perhaps < Latin sapphīra sapphire

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British Dictionary definitions for zaffre

zaffer

zaffre

/ (ˈzæfə) /

noun

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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