Meaning of CALAMINE in English

ˈkaləˌmīn, _mə̇n noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: French, from Medieval Latin calamina, alteration of Latin cadmia, Greek kadmeia, literally, Cadmean (earth), Theban (earth)

1. obsolete

a. Britain : smithsonite

b. : hemimorphite

c. : hydrozincite

2. : an alloy of zinc, lead, and tin formerly used for coating iron to prevent oxidation

3. : a pink powder consisting of a mixture of zinc oxide with a small amount of ferric oxide used in lotions, liniments, and ointments in skin treatment

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