[ zaf-er ]
/ 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
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How to use zaffer in a sentence
The ore of cobalt, called zaffre, is found in several parts of Europe, but chiefly in Saxony.
Zaffre, digested in aqua regia, and diluted with four times its weight of water, is sometimes employed; a green tint results.The Short-story|William Patterson Atkinson
Zaffre is now made from the cobalt ores found in these hills.The Mosaic History of the Creation of the World|Thomas Wood
Dissolve zaffre, in powder, in aqua regia, for twenty-four hours.Endless Amusement|Unknown
A little oxide of cobalt or zaffre is frequently added to alter the shade.
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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