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Origin of malachite
- Middle English melochite from Latin molochītes from Greek molokhītis from malakhē, molokhē mallow of Semitic origin mlḥ in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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" ].