Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

chalcogen

play
noun chal·co·gen \ˈkal-kə-jən\

Definition of chalcogen

  1. :  any of the elements oxygen, sulfur, selenium, and tellurium



Origin of chalcogen

International Scientific Vocabulary chalk- bronze, ore (from Greek chalkos) + -gen; from the occurrence of oxygen and sulfur in many ores


First Known Use: circa 1961


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up chalcogen? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet kittly-benders pince-nez spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ