Main index --- Minerals list --- Metal ores index Orpiment
Name:Orpiment
Derivation:From "aurum pigmentum" (Latin) gold pigment
Formula: As2S3
Description: Bright yellow. If exposed to light, it tends to turn red. You can see red bits in the specimen.

Orpiment used to be used as a pigment. It is an ore of Arsenic, which is famous in detective novels as a poison! Ratsbane, used obviously to kill rats, is an Arsenic compound.

Today, Arsenic is used in semi-conductors.

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