\ ˈsmȯlt How to pronounce smalt (audio) \

Definition of smalt

: a deep blue pigment consisting of a powdered glass that contains oxide of cobalt

Examples of smalt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Asserting the global nature of this provincial picture, didactics explain how the red came from cochineal bugs in the Americas and the smalt blue from cobalt mined in Saxony. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Bruegel’s “The Wedding Dance” Revealed’ Review: Revelry Restored," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of smalt

1558, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smalt

Middle French, from Old Italian smalto, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German smelzan to melt — more at smelt entry 2

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“Smalt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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