aluminum

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • aluminium (the spelling used in the sciences, and in everyday British English)

Etymology[edit]

Named in 1812 by British chemist Sir Humphry Davy who discovered it, after the earlier 1807 New Latin form alumium.[1]

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Noun[edit]

aluminum (uncountable)

  1. A metallic chemical element (symbol Al) with an atomic number of 13.
  2. (slang) Aircraft or other machinery made partially or wholly of aluminum.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

alūminum

  1. genitive plural of alūmen