- a pink powder consisting of zinc oxide mixed with a small amount of ferric oxide, used in lotions and ointments for skin disease
- Brit. smithsonite
Origin of calamineFrench ; from Medieval Latin calamina ; from Classical Latin cadmia, calamine, zinc ore: see cadmium
- See hemimorphite.
- A pink, odorless, tasteless powder of zinc oxide with a small amount of ferric oxide, dissolved in mineral oils and used in skin lotions.
- An alloy composed of lead, tin, and zinc.
Origin of calamineFrench, from Medieval Latin calam&imacron;na, alteration of Latin cadm&imacron;a; see cadmium.