mal·​a·​chite | \ ˈma-lə-ˌkīt How to pronounce malachite (audio) \

Definition of malachite

: a green mineral that is a basic carbonate of copper used especially for making ornamental objects

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Recent Examples on the Web All throughout the house, both actual malachite and fabric versions of it can be found on numerous pillows, tablecloths, carpets, walls, plates, and furniture. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "Ryan Murphy’s Latest Netflix Series, Ratched, Was Filmed at Tony Duquette's Dawnridge," 24 Sep. 2020 In addition to the customization options, premium hardware will be available through the Southern design duo Addison Weeks, who are known for incorporating gemstones like malachite and rose quartz into their pieces. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "Kravet Is Creating a Custom Furniture Program for Interior Designers," 24 Apr. 2020 At least 650 years old, its calfskin pages are still vibrantly illuminated with gold, lapis lazuli and malachite. The Economist, "Exodus and odyssey Why is this Haggadah different from all others?," 16 Apr. 2020 This building material resembles malachite, a viridescent mineral that some believe has metaphysical powers. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The St. Jane and other boutique Chicago hotels tap into the city's history," 6 Mar. 2020 Needless to say, the pieces are much too pretty to use as anything but decor: Each one was hand-made in Agra, where a family of artisans employed by Shroff dutifully inlaid lapis lazuli, malachite, and other semi-precious stones. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Christian Louboutin, Olympia Le-Tan, and More Are Selling Beautiful, Handmade Plates for a Wonderful Cause," 20 Dec. 2019 Augustus the Strong built the Green Vault—so called for its green malachite columns and green velvet wall coverings—to flaunt the cultural and financial richness of Saxony, a state in eastern Germany. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Thieves Steal Precious Jewels From Dresden’s Treasure-Filled ‘Green Vault’," 26 Nov. 2019 The coral comes from the Philippines, the lapis from Afghanistan, and the malachite from the Congo. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Seven-Stop Shopping Guide to Santa Fe," 9 Sep. 2019 There is also a malachite, wood, tourmaline, and diamond bib necklace featuring an expressionistic rendering of Roman maritime pines—a nod to the 1962 Dino Risi movie Il Sorpasso. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Bulgari's Special Jewelry Collection Takes Its Cue from Classic Films," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of malachite

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malachite

alteration of Middle English melochites, from Latin molochites, from Greek molochitēs, from molochē, malachē mallow

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“Malachite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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