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Zaffir

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Za'ffar.
Za'ffir.
n.s.

Powder the calx of cobalt, very fine, and mix it with three times its weight of powdered flints, this being wetted with common water, the whole concretes into a solid mass called zaffre, which from its hardness has been mistaken for a native mineral. Hill on Fossils.

Cobalt being sublimed, the flowers are of a blue colour; these, German mineralists call zaffir. Woodward.

The artificers in glass tinge their glass blue with that dark mineral zaphara. Boyle on Colours.

Sources: Boyle, Robert (84) · Hill, John (29) · Woodward, John (78)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Zaffir." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 20, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=1535.


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