fullerene

noun
ful·​ler·​ene | \ˌfu̇-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

First Known Use of fullerene

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fullerene

R. Buckminster Fuller; from the resemblance of the molecules to the geodesic domes designed by Fuller

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