orichalcum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin orīchalcum, from Ancient Greek ὀρείχαλκος (oreíkhalkos), from dative singular of ὄρος (óros, mountain) + χαλκός (khalkós, copper).

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Noun[edit]

orichalcum (uncountable)

  1. A valuable yellow metal known to the ancient Greeks and Romans; now sometimes interpreted as referring to a natural alloy of gold and copper, and sometimes treated as a mythical substance.
    • 2008, Jonathan Black, A Secret History of the World, Quercus 2008, p. 162:
      Many walls were coated with metals – with brass, tin and a red [sic] metal, unknown to us, called orichalcum.

Latin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

orichalcum n (genitive orichalcī); second declension

  1. brass (or brass objects)

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative orichalcum orichalca
genitive orichalcī orichalcōrum
dative orichalcō orichalcīs
accusative orichalcum orichalca
ablative orichalcō orichalcīs
vocative orichalcum orichalca