Definition of zaffre in English:

zaffre

Line breaks: zaf¦fre
Pronunciation: /ˈzafə
 
/
(also zaffer)

noun

[mass noun]
  • Impure cobalt oxide, formerly used to make smalt and blue enamels.
    More 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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