American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A light to dark green carbonate mineral, Cu2CO3(OH)2, used as a source of copper and for ornamental stoneware.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A basic carbonate of copper having a beautiful green color, hence commonly called the green carbonate of Copper. It occurs rarely in tufts of slender monoclinic crystals, more frequently massive with mammillary, stalactitic, or granular structure, often fibrous and radiated. The finest specimens come from the Siberian mines. It is also common in Cornwall and in South Australia, Arizona, etc. It takes a good polish, and is manufactured into ornamental articles. It is often called
green malachite, in distinction from blue malachite, or azurite, which is a related carbonate of copper containing less water, and which often passes by alteration into the green carbonate. See azurite.
- n. mineralogy A bright green mineral, a basic copper carbonate, Cu2CO3(OH)2; one of the principal ores of copper.
- n. A mild green colour, like that of the mineral.
- adj. From olive-taupe to that of a mild to deeply-rich -- at times seemingly translucent -- green colour, like that of the mineral which is present on oxidized copper.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) Native hydrous carbonate of copper, usually occurring in green mammillary masses with concentric fibrous structure.
- n. a green or blue mineral used as an ore of copper and for making ornamental objects
- Middle English melochite, from Latin molochītes, from Greek molokhītis, from malakhē, molokhē, mallow, of Semitic origin; see mlḥ in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Yes, but in Florence malachite is much cheaper still.”
“The FDA found out that the Chinese farmers were giving their fish two kinds of antifungals called malachite green and gentian violet, and also two types of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones and nitrofurans.”
“As she continued to look at this novelty -- the marble called malachite was even more rare and costly in those days than it is in ours -- she perceived, lying by the side of the scent-bottles, a piece of folded paper, and, wondering what it could be, she desired one of the ladies to bring it to her.”
“Copper carbonates predominated, the green ore known as malachite and the beautiful blue ore azurite were quite common, and white quartz, which on being broken showed little specks of native copper, was also to be found.”
“When a piece of the last is found which has a high gravity, it may be suspected and broken into, as this species is much more valuable and rarer than the malachite which is so abundant.”
“And I said to her, "Wherefore rowest thou not?" and she answered to me, "It is for my jewel of new malachite which is fallen in the water.”
“She replied, 'It is for my jewel of new malachite which is fallen in the water.”
“A copper ore called "malachite," which shows many shades of green, beautifully blended and mingled, is used for the tops of tables.”
“And I said to her, “Wherefore rowest thou not?” and she answered to me, “It is for my jewel of new malachite which is fallen in the water.””
“She replied, ‘It is for my jewel of new malachite which is fallen in the water.’”
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