Origin of hydrargyrum
1555–65; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin hydrargyr(us) (< Greek hydrárgyros mercury, equivalent to hydr- hydr-1 + árgyros silver) + -um, on model of aurum, etc.
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- an obsolete name for mercury (def. 1)
C16: from New Latin, from Latin hydrargyrus from Greek hydrarguros, from hydro- + arguros silver
Word Origin and History for hydrargyrum
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