mal·​a·​chite ˈma-lə-ˌkīt How to pronounce malachite (audio)
: a green mineral that is a basic carbonate of copper used especially for making ornamental objects

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Stephanie Brown, owner of Ox & Pine Leather Goods Co., sells valet trays, mouse pads, leather journals, belts, wallets and bags. Verdante Studio makes handcrafted jewelry with gemstones such as labradorite, garnet and malachite. Ryan Conner, Dallas News, 2 May 2023 The caseback of one is set with a 25.38-carat Zambian emerald cut in Piaget’s signature oval shape—the dial side is made of malachite. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2023 There were sort of huge malachite vases, but there also lots of foods from around the world, drinks from around the world. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 2 May 2023 Conceived as wearable art, the works applied earlier sculptural ideas to gold jewelry;The Occulist was originally created in 1944 out of a plank of wood, doweling, string and a broken pane of glass; Man Ray has applied the theme in gold and malachite to be worn as a brooch. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The 25-meter semi-olympic pool is lined with mosaics created from a myriad shades of emerald, jade and malachite. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Add flowers to their bath instead of a vase, with this soothing and restorative bath milk that features a blend of shea butter, green tea oil, jasmine, and plumeria, plus gem deposits from malachite and quartz. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Feb. 2023 The other central element in the Perlée collection is a pop of color in the form of ornamental, opaque stones, including turquoise, black onyx, green malachite, carnelian, lapis lazuli, coral or mother-of-pearl. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 6 Sep. 2022 Some, such as deep green malachite, stably formed only after bacteria began exhaling oxygen on early Earth. Fionna M. D. Samuels, Scientific American, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malachite was in 1656

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“Malachite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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mal·​a·​chite ˈmal-ə-ˌkīt How to pronounce malachite (audio)
: a green mineral that contains copper and is used especially for ornamental objects

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