wolfram

[woo l-fruh m, vawl-]
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noun

Chemistry. tungsten.
Mineralogy. wolframite.

Nearby words

  1. wolfhound,
  2. wolfish,
  3. wolfishly,
  4. wolfit,
  5. wolfman,
  6. wolfram von eschenbach,
  7. wolframate,
  8. wolframic,
  9. wolframite,
  10. wolfsbane

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

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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Word Origin and History for wolfram

wolfram

n.

1757, from German Wolfram, wolform "iron tungstate" (1562), of obscure etymology. It looks like "wolf-cream" (from rahm "cream"), but the second element might be Middle High German ram (German Rahm) "dirty mark, soot;" if so, perhaps "so called in sign of contempt because it was regarded of lesser value than tin and caused a considerable loss of tin during the smelting process in the furnace" [Klein]. Or perhaps the word is originally a personal name, "wolf-raven."

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Medicine definitions for wolfram

wolfram

[wulfrəm]

n.

tungsten

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Science definitions for wolfram

wolfram

[wulfrəm]

See tungsten.
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