[ mur-kyuh-ree-vey-per ]
/ ˈmɜr kyə riˌveɪ pər /
a lamp producing a light with a high actinic and ultraviolet content by means of an electric arc in mercury vapor.
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Origin of mercury-vapor lamp
First recorded in 1900–05
Words nearby mercury-vapor lamp
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