Definitions

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  • n. A valuable yellow metal known to the ancient Greeks and Romans; now sometimes interpreted as referring to a natural alloy of gold and copper, and sometimes treated as a mythical substance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as orichalc.

Etymologies

From Latin orīchalcum, from Ancient Greek ὀρείχαλκος, from dative singular of ὄρος ("mountain") + χαλκός ("copper"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the first place the island supplied them with such things as are dug out of mines in a solid state, and with such as are melted: and orichalcum, which is now but seldom mentioned, but then was much celebrated, was dug out of the earth in many parts of the island, and was considered as the most honourable of all metals except gold.

    The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria

  • The roof was of ivory, adorned with gold and silver and orichalcum, and the rest of the interior was lined with orichalcum.

    Critias

  • In the interior of the temple the roof was of ivory, curiously wrought everywhere with gold and silver and orichalcum; and all the other parts, the walls and pillars and floor, they coated with orichalcum.

    Critias

  • These were inscribed by the first kings on a pillar of orichalcum, which was situated in the middle of the island, at the temple of Poseidon, whither the kings were gathered together every fifth and every sixth year alternately, thus giving equal honour to the odd and to the even number.

    Critias

  • The outermost of the walls was coated with brass, the second with tin, and the third, which was the wall of the citadel, flashed with the red light of orichalcum.

    Critias

  • In the first place, they dug out of the earth whatever was to be found there, solid as well as fusile, and that which is now only a name and was then something more than a name, orichalcum, was dug out of the earth in many parts of the island, being more precious in those days than anything except gold.

    Critias

  • The relations of the different governments to one another were determined by the injunctions of Poseidon, which had been inscribed by the first kings on a column of orichalcum in the temple of

    Critias

  • The entire circuit of the wall, which went round the outermost zone, they covered with a coating of brass, and the circuit of the next wall they coated with tin, and the third, which encompassed the citadel, flashed with the red light of orichalcum.

    Critias

  • Sigurd wondered for an instant whether these plates were made of the rumored Atlantean metal, orichalcum, but he had too many other things of more urgency to spend much time with this surmise.

    Conan Of The Isles

  • But, with the chart from the casket of orichalcum as their guide, they sailed deeper and deeper into the unknown.

    Conan Of The Isles

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  • Also see orichalc.

    February 2, 2011

  • A reddish metal mined in Atlantis, used to make structures and walls. May be based on an actual mineral or gold/copper alloy, possibly Auricupride. Used to power the machinery in Atlantis in the Indiana Jones adventure game. It appears in several video games, usually as a material better than "ordinary" mithril. Sometimes known as Orichalcon. (Wikipedia)

    May 23, 2008

  • A metallic substance, resembling brass or gold in color

    December 2, 2007