What pleasure can one have in a ghost after one has seen the phosphorus rubbed on?
The first suggestion was phosphorus, in the chemist's sense of the word.
If phosphorus be present it passes over as vapor, and is condensed in the cool vessel beyond.
This he could light at any moment, as he had in his possession a box of phosphorus matches.
They have now to be plunged into a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potash, according to the quality of the match.
No dampness or phosphorus impaired the clarity of its walls.
Then add, from time to time, a few pieces of phosphorus of the size of a pea.
This composition is simply a mixture of phosphorus, glue, and chlorate of potash.
The sulphur and phosphorus are essential constituents of various proteins.
It was I who fired the phosphorus: do not be mistaken, I fired the phosphorus.
"substance or organism that shines of itself," 1640s, from Latin phosphorus "light-bringing," also "the morning star" (a sense attested in English from 1620), from Greek Phosphoros "morning star," literally "torchbearer," from phos "light," contraction of phaos "light, daylight" (related to phainein "to show, to bring to light;" see phantasm) + phoros "bearer," from pherein "to carry" (see infer).
As the name of a non-metallic chemical element, it is recorded from 1680, originally one among several substances so called; the word used exclusively of the element from c.1750. It was discovered in 1669 by Henning Brand, merchant and alchemist of Hamburg, who derived it from urine. Lavoisier demonstrated it was an element in 1777. According to Flood, "It is the first element whose discoverer is known."
phosphorus phos·pho·rus (fŏs'fər-əs)
A highly reactive poisonous nonmetallic element occurring naturally in phosphates, especially apatite, and an essential constituent of protoplasm. Atomic number 15; atomic weight 30.9738; melting point (white) 44.1°C; boiling point 280°C; specific gravity (white) 1.82; valence 3, 5.
A phosphorescent substance.
A highly reactive, poisonous nonmetallic element occurring naturally in phosphates, especially in the mineral apatite. It exists in white (or sometimes yellow), red, and black forms, and is an essential component of protoplasm. Phosphorus is used to make matches, fireworks, and fertilizers and to protect metal surfaces from corrosion. Atomic number 15; atomic weight 30.9738; melting point (white) 44.1°C; boiling point 280°C; specific gravity (white) 1.82; valence 3, 5. See Periodic Table.