chalcogen

[ kal-kuh-juh n, -jen ]
/ ˈkæl kə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /

noun

Chemistry. any of the elements oxygen, sulfur, selenium, tellurium, and polonium, which form the VIa group in the periodic table.

Nearby words

  1. chalcidice,
  2. chalcidicum,
  3. chalcis,
  4. chalco-,
  5. chalcocite,
  6. chalcogenide,
  7. chalcographic,
  8. chalcography,
  9. chalcolite,
  10. chalcolithic

Origin of chalcogen

First recorded in 1960–65; chalco- + -gen

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British Dictionary definitions for chalcogen

chalcogen

/ (ˈkælkəˌdʒɛn) /

noun

any of the elements oxygen, sulphur, selenium, tellurium, or polonium, of group 6A of the periodic table

Word Origin for chalcogen

C20: from chalco (pyrite) + -gen

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