white phosphorus


Definition of white phosphorus

: the element phosphorus in its white or yellowish allotropic form

called also yellow phosphorus

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First Known Use of white phosphorus

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“White phosphorus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20phosphorus. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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