Gallium Definition

A bluish-white, metallic chemical element, often a supercooled liquid at room temperature, used in semiconductors, LED's, lasers, etc., and as a substitute for mercury in high-temperature thermometers: symbol, Ga; at. no. 31
Webster's New World
  • atomic number 31
  • ga

Origin of Gallium

  • Named by its discoverer Lecoq, after Latin Gallia (“Gaul”). It was claimed that Lecoq had named the element after himself, since gallus is the Latin translation of the French le coq, but Lecoq denied this in an article of 1877.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin gallus cock punning translation of surname of Paul Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran (1838–1912), French chemist and element's discoverer French le the French coq rooster

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

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