from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In old chemistry, a metal that is not malleable, as bismuth, arsenic, antimony, zinc, etc.

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

  • noun (Chem.), obsolete An element possessing metallic properties in an inferior degree and not malleable, as arsenic, antimony, bismuth, molybdenum, uranium, etc.

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  • noun chemistry a metalloid


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