Definition of zaffre in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈzafə/
(also zaffer)


[mass 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.


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

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