from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A synthetic element produced in trace quantities by helium isotope bombardment of curium. All isotopes are radioactive, chiefly by emission of alpha particles. Atomic number 98; mass numbers 244 to 254; half-lives varying from 25 minutes to 800 years. See Table at element.
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- n. a transuranic chemical element (symbol Cf) with an atomic number of 98.
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- n. a radioactive transuranic element; discovered by bombarding curium with alpha particles
After California .(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From California + Neo-Latin suffix -ium (Wiktionary)