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[kol-kuh-ther] /ˈkɒl kə θər/
noun, Chemistry
the brownish-red oxide of iron produced by heating ferrous sulfate: used chiefly as a pigment in paints and theatrical rouge, and as a polishing agent.
Also called jewelers' rouge.
Origin of colcothar
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin < Old Spanish colcotar, Spanish Arabic qulquṭār, perhaps < Greek chálkanthos copper sulfate solution Unabridged
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a finely powdered form of ferric oxide produced by heating ferric sulphate and used as a pigment and as jewellers' rouge Also called crocus
Word Origin
C17: from French colcotar, from Spanish colcótar, from Arabic dialect qulqutār
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