from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brittle, silvery-white metallic element usually found in combination with gold and other metals, produced commercially as a byproduct of the electrolytic refining of copper and used to alloy stainless steel and lead, in ceramics, and, in the form of bismuth telluride, in thermoelectric devices. Atomic number 52; atomic weight 127.60; melting point 449.5°C; boiling point 989.8°C; specific gravity 6.24; valence 2, 4, 6. See Table at element.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The chemical element with atomic number 52. Symbol: Te.
- n. A variant spelling of tellurion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rare nonmetallic element, analogous to sulphur and selenium, occasionally found native as a substance of a silver-white metallic luster, but usually combined with metals, as with gold and silver in the mineral sylvanite, with mercury in Coloradoite, etc. Symbol Te. Atomic weight 125.2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as tellurion.
- n. Chemical symbol, Te; atomic weight, 125. One of the rarer elements, occurring in nature in small quantity in the native state and also in combination with various metals, as with gold and silver in the form of graphic tellurium, or sylvanite, with gold, lead, and antimony as nagyagite, and in several other mostly very rare mineral combinations.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a brittle silver-white metalloid element that is related to selenium and sulfur; it is used in alloys and as a semiconductor; occurs mainly as tellurides in ores of copper and nickel and silver and gold
Latin tellus ("earth") + -ium (Wiktionary)
Latin tellus ("earth"). (Wiktionary)