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noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless compound, Yb2O3, used in certain alloys and ceramics.
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Origin of ytterbia

1875–80; < New Latin, named after Ytterby, a quarry near Stockholm, Sweden, where found; see -ia
Also called ytterbium oxide.
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British Dictionary definitions for ytterbium oxide

ytterbium oxide

  1. a colourless weakly basic hygroscopic substance used in certain alloys and ceramics. Formula: Yb 2 O 3Also called: ytterbia
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  1. another name for ytterbium oxide
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Word Origin for ytterbia

C19: New Latin, named after Ytterby, Swedish quarry where it was discovered
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