malachite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n malachite a green or blue mineral used as an ore of copper and for making ornamental objects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Malachite (Min) Native hydrous carbonate of copper, usually occurring in green mammillary masses with concentric fibrous structure.Green malachite, or malachite proper, admits of a high polish, and is sometimes used for ornamental work. Blue malachite, or azurite, is a related species of a deep blue color.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n malachite 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Malachite mal′a-kīt a green-coloured mineral, composed essentially of carbonate of copper, much used for inlaid-work.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Fr. Gr. mala`chh a mallow, from its resembling the green color of the leaf of mallows: cf. F. malachite,. Cf. Mallow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. malachē, a mallow, a plant of a green colour.

Usage

In literature:

With the 'yellow' you find where gold is in the country, and with the 'blue' you discover where malachite is.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Where the sky was free of cloud it gave a wonderful clear green that was almost but not quite the colour of malachite.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
Some malachites contain so much as 50 per cent., and others less pure, 30 to 40 per cent.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 458" by Various
Eugene has given me, for you, a necklace of malachite, engraved in relief.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Hanging from his left ear was a large ear-ring, with malachite ornaments and a pendant.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
A small shell, with chips of malachite, was before the face.
"El Kab" by J.E. Quibell
They crossed the hall without noticing a small blue telegram on one of the malachite tables.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
Two more of the softer materials, malachite and azurite, remain to be described.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
Adjacently was a malachite bench.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
The one with that pale malachite.
"The House in Town" by Susan Warner
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In poetry:

Blasting the malachites beneath the rudder,
The seething sea spews pearly blobs of foam.
The shore sails nearer as we move from under
The ship's smooth, towering shape and make for home.
"A Farewell" by Ivan Bunin

In news:

Green light for malachite .
Tony Duquette's Malachite rug handmade in cut-loop silk by Roubini Rugs, 212-696-4648.
The swirling patterns suggest blowups of agate, malachite, rhodochrosite and other mineral stones that have been cut and polished.
Green light for malachite.
Malachite rug in hand-knotted Tibetan wool by the Rug Company, 800-644-3963.
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In science:

On the other hand, not all gels showed exclusion: when polyacrylamide was copolymerized with a vinyl derivative of malachite green, a bulky photoactivatable functional group, no exclusion zone was apparent.
Long-range forces extending from polymer-gel surfaces
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