Sauerstoff

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German[edit]

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sauer +‎ Stoff, calque of French oxygène, from Greek-Latin oxygenium (acid-maker), due to a mistaken early belief that oxygen was a necessary ingredient in all acids.

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Sauerstoff m (genitive Sauerstoffs or Sauerstoffes, no plural)

  1. oxygen
    Sauerstoff tankento breathe fresh air (literally "to fill up on oxygen" like fuel)

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References[edit]

  • Duden - Das Herkunftswörterbuch. Etymologie der deutschen Sprache. Mannheim 1989

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

sauer +‎ Stoff, calque of French oxygène

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈzɑʊ̯eʀˌʃtof/, [ˈzɑʊ̯ɐˌʃtof]

Noun[edit]

Sauerstoff m (uncountable)

  1. oxygen