white phosphorus

noun

: the element phosphorus in its white or yellowish allotropic form

called also yellow phosphorus

Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of white phosphorus was in 1861

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“White phosphorus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20phosphorus. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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