Origin: ModL < L cadmia, zinc ore < Gr kadmeia(gē), Cadmean (earth) (so called because found near Thebes, home of Cadmus) + -ium: so named (1817) by F. Strohmeyer (1776-1835), Ger chemist, because frequently found assoc. with zinc
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noun Symbol Cd
Origin: Latin cadmīa, calamine (from its being found with calamine in zinc ore) (from Greek kadmeia (gē), Theban (earth), from Kadmos, Cadmus; see Cadmus)
Origin: + -ium.
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