buckyball

[ buhk-ee-bawl ]
/ ˈbʌk iˌbɔl /

noun

Informal. a single molecule of buckminsterfullerene.

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Origin of buckyball

1985-90; after R. Buckminster Fuller; see -y2, ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for buckyball

buckyball
/ (ˈbʌkɪˌbɔːl) /

noun

informal a ball-like polyhedral carbon molecule of the type found in buckminsterfullerene and other fullerenes

Word Origin for buckyball

C20: from buck (minsterfullerene) + y ² + ball 1
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Scientific definitions for buckyball

buckyball
[ bŭkē-bôl′ ]

See buckminsterfullerene.
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