phosphorus

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phos·pho·rus

noun, often attributive \ˈfäs-f(ə-)rəs\

chemistry : a poisonous chemical element that glows in the dark and burns when it is touched by air

Full Definition of PHOSPHORUS

1
:  a phosphorescent substance or body; especially :  one that shines or glows in the dark
2
also phos·pho·rous \same\ :  a nonmetallic element of the nitrogen family that occurs widely especially as phosphates — see element table

Origin of PHOSPHORUS

New Latin, from Greek phōsphoros light-bearing — more at phosphor
First Known Use: 1645

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