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zirconium

Pronunciation: zir-ko'ne-um

Definition: A metallic element, atomic no. 40, atomic wt. 91.224; widely distributed in nature, but never found in quantity in any one place.

[zircon, a mineral, fr. Ar. zarkun, cinnabar, Pers, zargun, goldlike]

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