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

Examples of malachite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ando created four unique dial statements to coincide with the seasons, and for summer that’s an artful mosaic of the malachite seen here. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2024 The malachite features striking veins in green and black, the lapis sees deep blue contrasted by white speckles, and the onyx is a pure expression of pitch black. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2024 The first iteration was decorated with over 20 black and white clovers, but today there are plenty of variations to add to your jewelry box—from malachite to carnelian to tiger’s eye. Alexis Bennett Parker, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2024 Others, like chrysoprase, green chalcedony, and malachite, are perhaps less so. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 21 Aug. 2023 Although many of the Katanga region’s mines were focused on veins of copper-bearing malachite, Shinkolobwe was mined for decades for its radium, which was used in cancer treatments and to make watch dials glow in the dark. Roger Peet, The New Republic, 30 Aug. 2023 Stones like malachite and chalcedony were especially popular in the house’s 1970s designs (the trademark long gold pendants are often studded with them, and the highly collectible zodiac charms featured them as backgrounds). Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 21 Aug. 2023 For the Witch Mother’s pendant (which becomes Winnie’s), Pérez used malachite and carnelian — stones significant in Wiccan culture and sourced locally in Providence, Rhode Island (where Hocus Pocus 2 was filmed). Lindsay Kusiak, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Aug. 2023 Stone properties are major points of conversation in these halls (malachite is a 3 or 4 on the Moh’s Hardness scale, diamonds a 10), where visitors are surrounded by so many natural wonders—like a 3000-pound block of labradorite or two towering amethyst geodes or all those spodumene crystals. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 8 June 2023

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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 20 Jun. 2024.

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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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