polywater

noun

poly·​wa·​ter ˈpä-lē-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce polywater (audio)
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: a hypothetical form of water in which the molecules are linked into polymerlike chains
The pseudo-discovery of polywater is another example of a well-publicized event gone sour. … The revolutionary substance was eventually found to be water contaminated by all sorts of impurities, including probably the sweat and elbow grease of the hard-working scientists, and it was these contaminants that accounted for its unusual properties.Roger G. Newton

Word History

Etymology

polymeric water

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polywater was in 1969

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“Polywater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polywater. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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