virginium

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Virginia +‎ -ium (after the US state), proposed in 1930 by Fred Allison, whose claim to have discovered the element was later disproved.

Noun[edit]

virginium ‎(uncountable)

  1. (chemistry, obsolete) A rejected name for francium.
    • 2014, Marco Fontani, ‎Mariagrazia Costa, ‎Mary Virginia Orna, The Lost Elements: The Periodic Table's Shadow Side (page 328)
      Because he had found six minima for every salt of virginium—VaCl, VaNO3, Va2SO4, and VaOH—he asserted that virginium consisted of a mixture of six stable isotopes. Allison also found virginium present in other minerals []