orichalcum
Orichalch Or"i*chalch, n. [L. orichalcum, Gr. ?; 'o`ros, mountain + chalko`s brass: cf. F. orichalque.] A metallic substance, resembling gold in color, but inferior in value; a mixed metal of the ancients, resembling brass; -- called also {aurichalcum}, {orichalcum}, etc. [1913 Webster]

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  • Orichalcum — is a metal mentioned in several ancient writings, most notably the story of Atlantis as recounted in the Critias dialogue, recorded by Plato. According to Critias, orichalcum was considered second only to gold in value, and was found and mined in …   Wikipedia

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  • Orichalcum — Orichalcum, Oricalco u Orihalcon es un metal legendario mencionado en escritos antiguos siendo los más significativos los escritos de Platón sobre la Atlántida. Según estos escritos este metal sería el segundo metal más valioso y minó por muchas… …   Wikipedia Español

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  • Orichalcum — (gr.), so v.w. Aurichalcum …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • orichalcum — noun /ɒɹɪˈkalkəm/ 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. Many walls were coated with metals –… …   Wiktionary

  • orichalcum —    A yellow bronze, an alloy of copper and zinc, resembling gold when new. Its name comes from two Greek words: oros meaning mountain, and chalkos, brass. The Romans made two coins made of orichalcum: the sestertius and the dupondius. Also see… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • orichalcum — /awr i kal keuhm/, n. a brass rich in zinc, prepared by the ancients. [1640 50; < L < Gk oreíchalkos lit., mountain copper, equiv. to orei , comb. form of óros mountain + chalkós copper] * * * …   Universalium

  • orichalcum — or·i·chal·cum …   English syllables

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