Definition of fullerene
: any of a class of closed hollow aromatic carbon compounds whose structures are made up of twelve pentagonal and differing numbers of hexagonal faces; especially : one having a roughly spherical shape
Origin of fullerene
R. Buckminster Fuller; from the resemblance of the molecules to the geodesic domes designed by Fuller
First Known Use: 1987
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