tellurium

noun
tel·​lu·​ri·​um | \tə-ˈlu̇r-ē-əm, te-\

Definition of tellurium 

: a semimetallic element that occurs in a silvery-white brittle crystalline form of metallic luster, in a dark amorphous form, or combined with metals and that is used especially in alloys and catalysts — see Chemical Elements Table

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The list also includes elements crucial to alternative forms of energy, such as tellurium found in solar panels and lithium used in batteries in electric cars and cellphones. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump talks a lot about coal. But his administration just named 35 'critical minerals'," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of tellurium

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tellurium

New Latin, from Latin tellur-, tellus earth

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tellurium

noun
tel·​lu·​ri·​um | \tə-ˈlu̇r-ē-əm, te- \

Medical Definition of tellurium 

: a semimetallic element related to selenium and sulfur that occurs in a silvery white brittle crystalline form of metallic luster, in a dark amorphous form, or combined with metals and that is used especially in alloys symbol Te — see Chemical Elements Table

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