Definition of orichalc in English:


Line breaks: ori|chalc
Pronunciation: /ˈɒrɪkalk
(also orichalcum)


[mass noun]
  • A yellow metal prized in ancient times, probably a form of brass or a similar alloy.
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    • 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.
    • The same qualities that made gold a desirable medium of exchange in the ancient world make orichalc useful to mages.
    • Note the way orichalc is used as an adornment for the most important element of the temple.


late Middle English: via Latin from Greek oreikhalkon, literally 'mountain copper'.

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