חנקן

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Hebrew[edit]

Chemical element
N Previous: פַּחְמָן‎ (C)
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Etymology[edit]

Root
ח־נ־ק

Originally coined by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda as *אב־חנק, and later modified to its current form by Yechiel Michal Pinkes. So called because nitrogen gas chokes fire, i.e. doesn't let it burn; thus, a calque of other languages' terms, like French azote.

Noun[edit]

חַנְקָן (khankánm

  1. nitrogen