Icy-noctiluca meaning

(obsolete) An early name for white phosphorus.

1681: New Experiments and Observations made upon the Icy Noctiluca — title of booklet by Robert Boyle (quoted in John Emsley, The Shocking History of Phosphorus, 2000, ISBN 0-330-39005-8)

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Origin of icy-noctiluca

  • Named for white phosphorus, bright oxidizing at a relatively low temperature.

    From Wiktionary