Origin of malachiteMiddle 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
Origin of malachiteMiddle English melochite, from Latin molochītes, from Greek molokhītis, from malakhē, molokhē, mallow, of Semitic origin; see ml&hlowdot; in Semitic roots.
(comparative more malachite, superlative most malachite)
- From olive-taupe to that of a mild to deeply-rich -- at times seemingly translucent -- green colour, like that of the mineral which is present on oxidized copper.
From Latin molochitis, from Ancient Greek μαλαχή (malakhe, “[leaf of the ... ] mallow plant”). Or, could be from Hebrew מלאך (mal'ach) [ "angel" or "messenger of God" ], or, perhaps hailing from another Ancient Greek term, μαλαχ- [ "fingers" ].