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



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 Originlate 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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