Cobaut is a chemical element wi seembol Co an atomic nummer 27. Lik nickel, cobaut in the Yird's crust is foond anly in chemically combined furm, save for smaa deposits foond in alloys o naitural meteoric iron. The free element, produced bi reductive smeltin, is a haird, lustrous, siller-gray metal.
Cobaut-based blue pigments (cobalt blue) hae been uised syne auncient times for jewelry an pents, an tae impairt a distinctive blue tint tae gless, but the colour wis later thocht bi alchemists tae be due tae the kent metal bismuth. Miners haed lang uised the name kobold ure (German for goblin ure) for some o the blue-pigment producin meenerals; thay war sae named acause thay war puir in kent metals, an gae pushionous arsenic-containin fumes whan smeltit. In 1735, sic ures war foond tae be reducible tae a new metal (the first diskivert syne ancient times), an this wis ultimately named for the kobold.