Definition of orichalc in English:

orichalc

(also orichalcum)

noun

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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

orichalc

/ˈɒrɪkalk/