Definition of terbium
: a metallic element of the rare-earth group — see element table
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Researchers at the University of Utah recently discovered that the non-toxic material composed of three chemical elements—calcium, cobalt and terbium—generates thermoelectric energy from waste heat.
The iPhone contains a chorus of eight rare earth elements: neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, gadolinium, europium, lanthanum, and yttrium.
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Origin and Etymology of terbium
New Latin, from Ytterby, Sweden
First Known Use: 1843See Words from the same year
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