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purple of Cassius

[kash-uh s, kash-ee-uh s, kah-see-uh s] /ˈkæʃ əs, ˈkæʃ i əs, ˈkɑ si əs/
noun
1.
a purple pigment precipitated as a sol by the interaction of gold chloride and a solution of stannic acid and stannous chloride: used chiefly in the manufacture of ruby glass, ceramic glazes, and enamels.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; named after A. Cassius, 17th-century German physician
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