chalcogen

noun
chal·​co·​gen | \ ˈkal-kə-jən How to pronounce chalcogen (audio) \

Definition of chalcogen

: any of the elements oxygen, sulfur, selenium, and tellurium

First Known Use of chalcogen

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chalcogen

International Scientific Vocabulary chalk- bronze, ore (from Greek chalkos) + -gen; from the occurrence of oxygen and sulfur in many ores

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“Chalcogen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalcogen. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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