from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Chemical symbol, Hg. Quicksilver; mercury. See mercury.

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  • noun (Chem.) Quicksilver; mercury.

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  • noun chemistry, medicine The element mercury.

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  • noun a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures


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  • . . . Balneum Mariae, sublimation of hydrargyrum, mysterium conjunctionis, the Elixir!

    --Umberto Eco, 1988, Foucault's Pendulum, p. 14

    September 29, 2008

  • Souce of the chemical symbol for mercury, Hg. Mercury, quicksilver, liquid silver.

    August 28, 2009