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



BrE BrE//ˌbʌkmɪnstəˈfʊləriːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbʌkmɪnstərˈfʊləriːn//
(also fullerene) [uncountable] (also buckyballs [plural]) (chemistry)
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an allotrope (= form) of carbon with molecules of 60 atoms arranged in a round hollow shape Word Origin 1980s: named after Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), the American designer and architect.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: buckminsterfullerene