Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A deep blue paint and ceramic pigment produced by pulverizing a glass made of silica, potash, and cobalt oxide.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Common glass tinged of a fine deep blue by the protoxid of cobalt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A deep blue pigment or coloring material used in various arts. It is a vitreous substance made of cobalt, potash, and calcined quartz fused, and reduced to a powder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a deep blue pigment made from powdered glass mixed with cobalt oxide

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Italian smalto, enamel, glaze, of Germanic origin; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

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  • Colored glass, often deep blue. Smalts are finely ground to use as colorants for glass and enamel.

    November 9, 2007