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smalt

[smawlt] /smɔlt/
noun
1.
a coloring agent made of blue glass produced by fusing silica, potassium carbonate, and cobalt oxide, used in powdered form to add color to vitreous materials.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; < Middle French < Italian smalto smalto
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smalt

/smɔːlt/
noun
1.
a type of silica glass coloured deep blue with cobalt oxide
2.
a pigment made by crushing this glass, used in colouring enamels
3.
the blue colour of this pigment
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian smalto, of Germanic origin; related to smelt1
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