Meaning of orichalc in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒrɪkalk/


(also orichalcum)
mass noun
  • A yellow metal prized in ancient times, probably a form of brass or a similar alloy.

    ‘Detailed surveys revealed that the planet's oceans and atmosphere were tainted by a high percentage of oxidized iron, giving it the reddish-bronze color of the legendary metal, Orichalc.’
    • ‘The same qualities that made gold a desirable medium of exchange in the ancient world make orichalc useful to mages.’
    • ‘Note the way orichalc is used as an adornment for the most important element of the temple.’


Late Middle English via Latin from Greek oreikhalkon, literally ‘mountain copper’.