Definition of malachite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmaləkʌɪt/


[mass noun]
A bright green mineral consisting of hydrated basic copper carbonate, which typically occurs in masses and fibrous aggregates.
Example sentences
  • Other secondary copper minerals associated with the chrysocolla are malachite, cuprite, and tenorite.
  • Nowadays it is often found with malachite, a green copper carbonate.
  • Some of the most attractive contain spraylike aggregates of velvety malachite in and on lustrous blue-black azurite crystals.


Late Middle English: from Old French melochite, via Latin from Greek molokhitis, from molokhē, variant of malakhē 'mallow'.

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