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Bunsen burner

a type of gas burner, commonly used in chemical laboratories, with which a very hot, practically nonluminous flame is obtained by allowing air to enter at the base and mix with the gas.
Origin of Bunsen burner
First recorded in 1865-70; named after R. W. Bunsen Unabridged
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  • It has been proved by Gréhant that a Bunsen burner “lit below” also evolves large quantities of the same poisonous gas.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
British Dictionary definitions for Bunsen burner

Bunsen burner

a gas burner, widely used in scientific laboratories, consisting of a metal tube with an adjustable air valve at the base
Word Origin
C19: named after R. W. Bunsen
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Word Origin and History for Bunsen burner

1879, named for Prof. Robert Wilhelm Bunsen (1811-1899) of Heidelberg, who invented it in 1855. He also was co-inventor of the spectroscope.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bunsen burner in Medicine

Bunsen burner Bun·sen burner (bŭn'sən)
A small laboratory burner consisting of a vertical metal tube connected to a gas source and producing a very hot flame from a mixture of gas and air let in through adjustable holes at the base.

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Bunsen burner in Science
Bunsen burner  
A small gas burner used in laboratories. It consists of a vertical metal tube connected to a gas fuel source, with adjustable holes at its base. These holes allow air to enter the tube and mix with the gas in order to make a very hot flame.
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