man·ga·nese | \ˈmaŋ-gə-ˌnēz, -ˌnēs\

Definition of manganese 

: a grayish-white usually hard and brittle metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic and is used especially in alloys, batteries, and plant fertilizers — see Chemical Elements Table

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manganesian \ˌmaŋ-gə-ˈnē-zhən, -shən \ adjective

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The order said water tested from Sativa wells, faucets and hoses contained higher-than-normal levels of manganese and was sometimes cloudier than standards allow. Angel Jennings,, "Customers sue embattled Compton water district over discolored water," 10 July 2018 Hard to find in a convenient drinkable juice form on these shores, mangosteen is known for its rich potassium, manganese and magnesium content. Kavita Daswani,, "Fourth of July BBQ draaaanks that won't blow your diet," 29 June 2018 The blobs are not rocks, but naturally-occurring metallic nodules that could one day yield metal deposits of cobalt, manganese, and nickel—not to mention scarce rare earth minerals. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "The Race to Send Robots to Mine the Ocean Floor," 4 June 2018 Jackfruit is rich in fiber and a B-complex group of vitamins and is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron, according to Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jazz up family taco night with exotic jackfruit, a vegetarian option," 8 May 2018 Maple’s advocates also tout it as a source of minerals such as manganese and riboflavin. Jason Wilson, charlotteobserver, "Vermont’s maple syrup business is booming, thanks to technology and changing tastes," 4 May 2018 There the debris still leaches lead, manganese and other toxic heavy metals into nearby streams. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 Researchers once assumed manganese posed hazards only for steelworkers. Michael Hawthorne,, "Manganese pollution in Southeast Side yards prompts new EPA probe," 9 May 2018 Morels are a good source of Vitamins B and D as well as minerals, including iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and potassium. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Morel mushrooms: Here's what you need to know," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of manganese

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manganese

French manganèse, from Italian manganese manganese dioxide

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English Language Learners Definition of manganese

: a grayish-white usually hard metal that breaks easily


man·ga·nese | \ˈmaŋ-gə-ˌnēz \

Kids Definition of manganese

: a grayish white brittle metallic chemical element that resembles iron


man·ga·nese | \ˈmaŋ-gə-ˌnēz, -ˌnēs \

Medical Definition of manganese 

: a grayish white usually hard and brittle metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic symbol Mn — see Chemical Elements Table

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