- [P-]Old Poet. the morning star, esp. Venus
- phosphorus: now esp. in phosphor bronze, a bronze having a very small amount of phosphorus in it
- a phosphorescent or fluorescent substance
Origin of phosphorClassical Latin Phosphorus: see phosphorus
- A substance that exhibits phosphorescence.
- The phosphorescent coating inside the screen of a cathode-ray tube.
Origin of phosphorLatin Phōsphorus the morning star ; see phosphorus .
- (chemistry) Any of various compounds of transition metals or of rare earths that exhibits phosphorescence.
From Medieval Latin phosphorus.
- alternative name of Phosphorus, the morning star
- Anna likened you to Phosphor, the morning star, and herself to Hesper, the mortal star of evening, and when I told her those twin stars were one and the same, and not a star at all but the planet Venus... - John Barth