bucky·​ball | \ ˈbə-kē-ˌbȯl How to pronounce buckyball (audio) \

Definition of buckyball

: a molecule of buckminsterfullerene broadly : fullerene

Examples of buckyball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1996 Kroto, Curl and Smalley were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their roles in discovering the molecule, called buckminsterfullerene, or just fullerene (also known as a buckyball). Ryan C. Fortenberry, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2020 Kroto was convinced that buckyballs were present in space and were likely to be the source of some DIB fingerprints. Ryan C. Fortenberry, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of buckyball

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buckyball

R. Buckminster Fuller + -y entry 4

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“Buckyball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckyball. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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