Definition of germanium noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

germanium

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noun
BrE BrE//dʒɜːˈmeɪniəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒɜːrˈmeɪniəm//
 
[uncountable](symbol Ge)
 
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a chemical element. Germanium is a shiny grey element that is similar to a metal (= is a metalloid). Word Origin late 19th cent.: modern Latin, from Latin Germanus, used to designate related peoples of central and northern Europe, a name perhaps given by Celts to their neighbours.
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