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also zaf·fre  (zăf′ər)
An impure oxide of cobalt, used to produce a blue color in enamel and in the making of smalt.

[Italian zaffera, from Old French safre, perhaps alteration of safir, sapphire; see sapphire, or from Arabic ṣufr, yellow copper, brass, from 'aṣfar, yellow; see ṣpr in Semitic roots.]


(ˈzæfə) or


(Elements & Compounds) impure cobalt oxide, used to impart a blue colour to enamels
[C17: from Italian zaffera; perhaps related to Latin sapphīrus sapphire]


(ˈzæf ər)

a blue pigment containing impure cobalt oxide, used in ceramic glazes.
[1655–65; < Italian zaffera, perhaps < Latin sapphīra sapphire]
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Zaffre, digested in aqua regia, and diluted with four times its weight of water, is sometimes employed; a green tint results.
The Holiday - T M Logan, Zaffre - out now ON a break to the South of France with her closest pals and their families, Kate finds her doubts soaring as she suspects her husband of cheating - and with one of her friends.
David Young; A DARKER STATE; Bonnier Zaffre (Fiction: Thriller) 14.95 ISBN: 9781785760709
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THE DANGEROUS KIND by Deborah O'Connor, Zaffre, PS12.99, ebook PS4.07.
ssamine y The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O'Connor is published in hardback by Zaffre, priced PS12.99 (ebook PS4.07).
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Some sections are very moving but Beckerman's attempts to build suspense can feel a little too heavy halls, Zaffre, PS12.99, ebook PS4.74 HHH HH CEY Halls' debut novel puts a human face on the witch trials of Pendle in 1612.
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