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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.

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Origin of zaffer

1655–65; <Italian zaffera, perhaps <Latin sapphīrasapphire
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British Dictionary definitions for zaffer

zaffer

zaffre

/ (ˈzæfə) /

noun

impure cobalt oxide, used to impart a blue colour to enamels
C17: from Italian zaffera; perhaps related to Latin sapphīrus sapphire
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