or·​pi·​ment | \ ˈȯr-pə-mənt How to pronounce orpiment (audio) \

Definition of orpiment

: a rare orange to lemon-yellow mineral consisting of a native trisulfide of arsenic

Examples of orpiment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Medieval painters used a variety of pigments, some of which were quite toxic (cinnabar, orpiment, and lead white in particular). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Dec. 2021 Among the artifacts found in the cave was orpiment, a pigment from eastern Turkey used for decorative purposes, and 63 beads, some of which came from as far away as Baghdad. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of orpiment

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orpiment

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin auripigmentum, from aurum + pigmentum pigment

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“Orpiment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orpiment. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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