American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A corrosive, fuming, volatile mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acids, used for testing metals and dissolving platinum and gold. Also called nitrohydrochloric acid.
- n. obsolete, inorganic chemistry A mixture of three parts concentrated hydrochloric acid to one part concentrated nitric acid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) a very corrosive fuming yellow liquid consisting of nitric and hydrochloric acids. It has the power of dissolving gold, the “royal” metal.
- n. a yellow fuming corrosive mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid that dissolves metals (including gold)
- Latin aqua regia, royal water, so named because it is one of the few solvents capable of dissolving noble metals. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin aqua rēgia : Latin aqua, water + Latin rēgia, feminine of rēgius, royal (because it dissolves gold, the "royal metal”). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For aqua regia dissolves gold but not silver; aqua fortis, on the contrary, dissolves silver, but not gold; neither dissolves glass, and so on with others.”
“For gold leaf dissolved by aqua regia gives no heat to the touch; no more does lead dissolved in aqua fortis; neither again does quicksilver”
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