orichalc


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orichalc

(ˈɒrɪˌkælk)
n
(Metallurgy) metallurgy a yellow alloy derived from gold or copper
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They clothed her with heavenly garments: on her head they put a fine, well-wrought crown of gold, and in her pierced ears they hung ornaments of orichalc and precious gold, and adorned her with golden necklaces over her soft neck and snow-white breasts, jewels which the gold- filleted Hours wear themselves whenever they go to their father's house to join the lovely dances of the gods.
And never have you seen such a palisaded capital as this - there were, not mud huts, but suspended gardens, high white walls, storied palaces shaped from orichalc and bdellium, pools inlaid with gold, arenas for sport, paved streets down which merchant caravans clattered from all the Four Corners and, for King Shabaka and Queen Noi, lodgings heavily upholstered with luxury.