One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A yellow metal prized in ancient times, probably a form of brass or a similar alloy.
- ‘Detailed surveys revealed that the planet's oceans and atmosphere were tainted by a high percentage of oxidized iron, giving it the reddish-bronze color of the legendary metal, Orichalc.’
- ‘Note the way orichalc is used as an adornment for the most important element of the temple.’
- ‘The same qualities that made gold a desirable medium of exchange in the ancient world make orichalc useful to mages.’
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek oreikhalkon, literally ‘mountain copper’.
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