Words at Play : Top 10 Unusually Long and Interesting Words, Vol. 1

#8: Buckminsterfullerene

Definition:

an extremely stable form of pure carbon whose structure consists of interconnected pentagons and hexagons suggestive of the geometry of a geodesic dome

About the word:

Buckminsterfullerene, discovered in 1985, was named in honor of the engineer R. Buckminster Fuller. He developed the geodesic dome – which, like a molecule of buckminsterfullerene, resembles a soccer ball. A molecule of buckminsterfullerene is also called a buckyball.

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