from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light to dark green carbonate mineral, Cu2CO3(OH)2, used as a source of copper and for ornamental stoneware.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bright green mineral, a basic copper carbonate, Cu2CO3(OH)2; one of the principal ores of copper.
  • n. A mild green colour, like that of the mineral.
  • adj. From olive-taupe to that of a mild to deeply-rich -- at times seemingly translucent -- green colour, like that of the mineral which is present on oxidized copper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Native hydrous carbonate of copper, usually occurring in green mammillary masses with concentric fibrous structure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A basic carbonate of copper having a beautiful green color, hence commonly called the green carbonate of Copper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a green or blue mineral used as an ore of copper and for making ornamental objects


Middle English melochite, from Latin molochītes, from Greek molokhītis, from malakhē, molokhē, mallow, of Semitic origin; see mlḥ in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin molochitis, from Ancient Greek μαλαχή (malakhe, "[leaf of the ... ] mallow plant"). Or, (Can we verify(+) this etymology?) could be from Hebrew מלאך (mal'ach) [ "angel" or "messenger of God" ], or, perhaps hailing from another Ancient Greek term, μαλαχ- [ "fingers" ]. (Wiktionary)



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