Origin of phlogiston
Related Words for phlogistoninferno, heat, blaze, bonfire, combustion, scorching, searing, luminosity, warmth, conflagration, glow, hearth, holocaust, element, tinder, flare, pyre, scintillation, sparks, campfire
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Historical Examples of phlogiston
He thought they were "compounded" of a certain earth, or calx, and phlogiston.
It was phlogiston and that only which occasioned the electric current.
I should have sent you my Defence of Phlogiston, but that I presume you have seen it.
Coal, for example, was thought to be very rich in phlogiston.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
"Phlogiston" and "vortices" had their day and are forgotten.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Word Origin 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.