Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name formerly given to nitrogen, because it is unfit for respiration.
  • noun A whip or switch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare Same as nitrogen.
  • noun Sp. Amer. A switch or whip.

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  • noun archaic Nitrogen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an obsolete name for nitrogen

Etymologies

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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.

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