Origin of phlogiston
Examples from the Web for phlogiston
It need only be mixed with any matter containing the phlogiston, and by the help of a moderate heat a true Regulus will sublime.
It may be resuscitated, like the calces of Antimony, into a Regulus, by re-uniting it with a phlogiston.
In this case, it was supposed that the charcoal restored the phlogiston.The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 2 (of 2)|John Ayrton Paris
Lastly, by acting on this Oil also, it takes up a portion of phlogiston, which renders it sulphureous.
The metal thus calcined easily recovers its metalline form on the addition of a phlogiston.
British Dictionary definitions for phlogiston
Word Origin for phlogiston
Word Origin and History for phlogiston
1730, hypothetical inflammatory principle, formerly believed to exist in all combustible matter, from Modern Latin (1702), from Greek phlogiston (1610s in this sense), neuter of phlogistos "burnt up, inflammable," from phlogizein "to set on fire, burn," from phlox (genitive phlogos) "flame, blaze" (see bleach (v.)). Theory propounded by Stahl (1702), denied by Lavoisier (1775), defended by Priestley but generally abandoned by 1800. Related: Phlogistic; phlogisticated.