Definition of zaffre in English:


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


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