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orpiment

orpiment (AWR-puh-muhnt) - n., an orange to yellow mineral (arsenic trisulphide, As2S3) that is used as a pigment.


Since I'm running a theme week on my own journal, I decided to continue the theme here -- that being words beginning with O, of which this has long be a favorite. As a pigment, orpiment was the most commonly used bright yellow until cadmium yellow was developed, despite being toxic. As a mineral, it's quite pretty. The name has been used since the late 14th century, from French, from Latin auripigmentum, gold pigment, from aurum, gold + pigmentum, pigment -- making it a case of exactly what it says on the tin.

The forger was quite good -- she even knew to keep the orpiment from touching the verdigris to avoid chemical reactions.

---L.
Tags: latin, noun, o
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