quicksilver

[ kwik-sil-ver ]
/ ˈkwɪkˌsɪl vər /

noun

the metallic element mercury.

verb (used with object)

to amalgamate (metal) with mercury.

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Origin of quicksilver

before 1000; Middle English qwyksilver,Old English cwicseolfor (translation Latin argentum vīvum) literally, living silver

OTHER WORDS FROM quicksilver

quick·sil·ver·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quicksilver

quicksilver
/ (ˈkwɪkˌsɪlvə) /

noun

another name for mercury (def. 1)

adjective

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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