quicksilver

[kwik-sil-ver]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to amalgamate (metal) with mercury.

Origin of quicksilver

before 1000; Middle English qwyksilver, Old English cwicseolfor (translation Latin argentum vīvum) literally, living silver
Related formsquick·sil·ver·y, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of quicksilver

Historical Examples of quicksilver

  • I have more names than one; but the name of Quicksilver suits me as well as any other.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "And that would be a great pity," said Quicksilver, with his mischievous smile.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Quicksilver looked at it with a smile, and nodded his approbation.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "They are three very strange old ladies," said Quicksilver, laughing.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "I told you she would be the first to discover them," said Quicksilver to Perseus.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for quicksilver

quicksilver

noun
  1. another name for mercury (def. 1)
adjective
  1. rapid or unpredictable in movement or changea quicksilver temper

Word Origin for quicksilver

Old English, from cwicu alive (see quick) + seolfer silver
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Word Origin and History for quicksilver
n.

Old English cwicseolfor, literally "living silver," translating Latin argentum vivum (cf. Italian argento vivo), literally "living silver;" so called from its liquid mobility. See quick (adj.) + silver (n.). Cf. Dutch kwikzilver, Old High German quecsilbar, German quecksilber, French vif-argent, Italian argenta viva.

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