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buckyball

[buhk-ee-bawl]
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noun
  1. 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

noun
  1. informal a ball-like polyhedral carbon molecule of the type found in buckminsterfullerene and other fullerenes
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Word Origin

C20: from buck (minsterfullerene) + y ² + ball 1
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buckyball in Science

buckyball

[bŭkē-bôl′]
  1. See buckminsterfullerene.
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