[stron-shee-uh n, -shuh n]
Origin of strontian
1780–90; short for Strontian earth mineral first found in Strontian parish, Argyllshire, Scotland
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Examples from the Web for strontian
Shellac may be melted with nitrate of strontian, in the same way.The Pyrotechnist's Treasury
It was enveloped by the limestone which abounds in cavities filled with crystals of strontian and dog-tooth spar.
I suppose you have not heard of the discovery of the native sulphate of strontian in England.The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 1 (of 2)
John Ayrton Paris
Their solutions give white precipitates with the salts of barium, strontian and lead, insoluble in nitric acid.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Antrim, and with harmotome in the lead mines at Strontian in Argyllshire.
C18: named after a parish in Argyll, where it was discovered
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