Origin: Swed, lit., heavy stone, orig. name for scheelite, coined (1755) by A. F. Cronstedt (see nickel) < tung, heavy (< IE *tṇghu- < base *ten-, to pull > thin) + sten, akin to OE stan, stone; used (1783) for element isolated from scheelite by J. J. de Elhuyar (1754-96) & F. de Elhuyar (1755-1833), Sp chemists
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noun Symbol W
Origin: : tung, heavy (from Old Norse thungr)
Origin: + sten, stone (from Old Norse steinn; see stāi- in Indo-European roots).
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