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 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 Double up on microtrends and try green here: Use a rich malachite on the upper lid and a subtle lime under. Maya Mcdowell, Marie Claire, "The Buzziest Beauty Microtrends of Summer 2019," 24 July 2019 The show opens with a massive self-portrait titled Me (2019): Fratino’s face half covered by shadow, a shy smile playing across his lips, fist-sized pupils flecked with green, like solid orbs of malachite. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 Near a window, a table displays orbs—agate, quartz, malachite, marble—made by her father, a connoisseur of semiprecious stones. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Milan Ceramicist Brings Her Family’s Artisanal Aesthetic to Life at Home," 4 Oct. 2018

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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 9 Apr. 2020.

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