malachite definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English melochites ; from Classical Latin molochites ; from Classical Greek molochitēs, a stone (? malachite) ; from malachē, molochē, mallow (its color is like that of mallow leaves): ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Hebrew (language) malluaḥ, a lettuce-like plant from source Classical Latin malva, mallow
malachite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English melochite, from Latin molochītes, from Greek molokhītis, from malakhē, molokhē, mallow, of Semitic origin; see mlḥ in Semitic roots.
malachite - Science Definition