Origin of malachiteMiddle English melochites from Classical Latin molochites from Classical Greek molochit?s, a stone (? malachite) from malach?, moloch?, mallow (its color is like that of mallow leaves): from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Hebrew (language) mallua?, a lettuce-like plant from source Classical Latin malva, mallow
Origin of malachiteMiddle English molochite, melochite ( the Modern English spelling being influenced by Greek malakhē mallow ) ultimately ( partly via Anglo-Norman melochite ) from Latin molochītes an Arabian stone said by Pliny the Elder (perhaps influenced by folk etymology) to be the color of mallows from Greek molokhītis perhaps from malakhē, molokhē mallow of Semitic origin mlh
(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 Î¼Î±Î»Î±Ï‡Î® (malakhe, “[leaf of the ... ] mallow plant"). Or, could be from Hebrew ×ž×œ××š (mal'ach) [ "angel" or "messenger of God" ], or, perhaps hailing from another Ancient Greek term, Î¼Î±Î»Î±Ï‡- [ "fingers" ].