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chalcogen

[ kal-kuh-juhn, -jen ]
/ ˈkæl kə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /
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noun
Chemistry. any of the elements oxygen, sulfur, selenium, tellurium, and polonium, which form the VIa group in the periodic table.
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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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