Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A supposed new chemical element announced by Delafontaine as present in the mineral samars-kite. Its existence has not been confirmed; what was supposed to be its oxid has been shown to be a mixture, probably, for the most part, of terbia and yttria.
- n. chemistry, obsolete A supposed metallic element obtainable from samarskite, later discovered to be a mixture of yttrium and terbium.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A rare and doubtful metallic element said to have been discovered in the mineral samarskite.
- Philippe + -ium, after Philippe Plantamour of Geneva, Switzerland. (Wiktionary)
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