One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bright green mineral consisting of copper hydroxyl carbonate. It typically occurs in masses and fibrous aggregates with azurite and is capable of taking a high polish.
- ‘Some of the most attractive contain spraylike aggregates of velvety malachite in and on lustrous blue-black azurite crystals.’
- ‘Nowadays it is often found with malachite, a green copper carbonate.’
- ‘Other secondary copper minerals associated with the chrysocolla are malachite, cuprite, and tenorite.’
- ‘This sample of malachite has a distinctly different appearance.’
- ‘Dark blue stubby pyramidal azurite crystals and green botryoidal-shaped radial aggregates of malachite.’
Late Middle English: from Old French melochite, via Latin from Greek molokhitis, from molokhē, variant of malakhē ‘mallow’.
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