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chrysocolla

[kris-uh-kol-uh] /ˌkrɪs əˈkɒl ə/
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a mineral, hydrous copper silicate, CuSiO 3 ⋅2H 2 O, occurring in compact, green or blue masses, sometimes used in ornaments.
Origin of chrysocolla
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin chrȳsocolla < Greek chrȳsókolla gold solder, equivalent to chrȳso- chryso- + kólla glue (cf. collage)
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  • Gold and copper are equally indicated by chrysocolla and azure; silver and lead, by the lead.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • By chrysocolla of the ancients is generally understood borax, which cannot however be meant in this passage.

  • At Neusohl in the Carpathians, green water flowing from an ancient tunnel wears away this chrysocolla with it.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola

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