Definition of zaffer in English:

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zaffer

Pronunciation: /ˈzafər/
(also zaffre)

noun

Impure cobalt oxide, formerly used to make smalt and blue enamels.
Example sentences
  • In Europe, zaffre was used as early as the 14th century as a pigment for paints, glazes and glass.
  • In Western literature the word zaffer was used to denote this pigment.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Italian zaffera or French safre.

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Syllabification: zaf·fer

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