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fullerene

noun ful·ler·ene \ˌf-lə-ˈrēn\

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
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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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