Dysprosium Definition

dĭs-prōzē-əm, -zhē-əm
A silver-white chemical element, one of the rare-earth elements, with a great capacity to absorb neutrons and with strong magnetic properties, esp. at very low temperatures: symbol, Dy; at. no. 66
Webster's New World
  • atomic number 66
  • dy

Origin of Dysprosium

  • New Latin from Greek dusprositos difficult to approach (from its rarity in nature) dus- dys- prositos approachable (from prosienai to approach) (pros- toward) (ienai i- to go ei- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek δυσπρόσιτος (dusprositos, “hard to get”).

    From Wiktionary

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