Definition of realgar in English:

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realgar

Pronunciation: /rēˈalɡər/
Pronunciation: /rēˈalˌɡär/

noun

A soft, reddish mineral consisting of arsenic sulfide, formerly used as a pigment and in fireworks.
Example sentences
  • Orpiment is a lesser mineral associated with realgar and lead sulfosalts in dolomite at Binnental, Valais, Switzerland.
  • It is an alteration product of realgar, native arsenic, and, less commonly, arsenopyrite.
  • The next morning we drove west to the famous town of Shimen, the locality for all the superb realgar and orpiment crystals.

Origin

Late Middle English: via medieval Latin from Arabic rahj al-ġār 'arsenic', literally 'dust of the cave'.

Words that rhyme with realgar

alga, Trafalgar

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Syllabification: re·al·gar

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