from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used formerly as a name for nitrogen.
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- n. Nitrogen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as nitrogen.
- n. A switch or whip.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name formerly given to nitrogen, because it is unfit for respiration.
- n. A whip or switch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an obsolete name for nitrogen
French; see azo-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French azote, from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, "without") + ζωή (zōē, "life"). Named by Antoine Lavoisier, who saw it as the part of air which cannot sustain life. (Wiktionary)