malachite

[mal-uh-kahyt]
noun
1.
a green mineral, basic copper carbonate, Cu 2 CO 3 (OH) 2 , an ore of copper, used for making ornamental articles.
2.
a ceramic ware made in imitation of this.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Greek malách(ē) mallow + -ite1; replacing Middle English melochites < Middle French melochite, representing Latin molochītis < Greek molochîtis, derivative of molóchē, variant of maláchē

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malachite (ˈmæləˌkaɪt)
 
n
a bright green mineral, found in veins and in association with copper deposits. It is a source of copper and is used as an ornamental stone. Composition: hydrated copper carbonate. Formula: Cu2CO3(OH)2. Crystal structure: monoclinic
 
[C16: via Old French from Latin molochītēs, from Greek molokhitis mallow-green stone, from molokhē mallow]

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malachite
late 14c., from L. molochitis, from Gk. molochitis lithos "mallow stone," from molokhe "mallow;" the mineral traditionally so called from resemblance of its color to that of the leaves of the mallow plant.
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malachite   (māl'ə-kīt')  Pronunciation Key 
A bright-green monoclinic mineral occurring as a mass of crystals (an aggregate) with smooth or botryoidal (grape-shaped) surfaces. It is often concentrically banded in different shades of green. Malachite often occurs together with the mineral azurite in copper deposits. Chemical formula: Cu2CO3(OH)2.
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Azurite and malachite created vivid blues and greens.
Noisy chachalacas welcome the morning dawn while malachite butterflies float among the shadows.
Malachite-hued lacquered paneling adorns the opulent library.
The residues included malachite green, which kills fungus on fish--and causes tumors in lab rats.
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