Meaning of melanterite in English:


Pronunciation /mɪˈlantərʌɪt/


  • Ferrous iron sulphate heptahydrate, crystallizing in the monoclinic system and occurring as translucent green, blue, or white crystals, often with marcasite; native copperas.


Early 19th century. From French mélantérite from ancient Greek μελαντηρία black pigment (goes to classical Latin melantēria; some instances of the Greek word have been supposed to refer to copperas, which was used as an ingredient of ink; from μελαν-, aorist stem of μελαίνειν to blacken + -τηρ-, agent suffix + -ία) + French -ite.