wolfram

[ woo l-fruh m, vawl- ]
/ ˈwʊl frəm, ˈvɔl- /

noun

Chemistry. tungsten.
Mineralogy. wolframite.

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Origin of wolfram

1750–60; < German Wolfram orig., wolframite, probably equivalent to Wolf wolf + -ram, representing Middle High German rām soot, dirt; formed on the model of personal names with initial Wolf-, as a contemptuous epithet for the mineral, which was considered worthless in comparison with tin ores, with which it is often found
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British Dictionary definitions for wolfram

wolfram
/ (ˈwʊlfrəm) /

noun

another name for tungsten

Word Origin for wolfram

C18: from German, originally perhaps from the proper name, Wolfram, used pejoratively of tungsten because it was thought inferior to tin
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Medical definitions for wolfram

wolfram
[ wulfrəm ]

n.

tungsten
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Scientific definitions for wolfram

wolfram
[ wulfrəm ]

See tungsten.
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