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]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ὀρείχαλκος ‎(oreíkhalkos).

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Noun[edit]

orichalcum n ‎(genitive orichalcī); second declension

  1. yellow copper ore
  2. brass (or brass objects)
    • Vulgate Bible, Douay-Rheims Version, Revelation 1ː15
      et pedes eius similes orichalco sicut in camino ardenti et vox illius tamquam vox aquarum multarum

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

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

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