Ozone Definition

An unstable, pale-blue gas, O3, with a penetrating odor: it is an allotropic form of oxygen, formed usually by a silent electrical discharge in air, and is used as an oxidizing, deodorizing, and bleaching agent and in the purification of water.
Webster's New World
Pure, fresh air.
Webster's New World

(from an erroneous former belief that seaweed contains and releases ozone) Fresh air, especially that breathed at the seaside and smelling of seaweed.


Origin of Ozone

  • From German Ozon, coined 1840 by Christian Friedrich Schönbein, from Ancient Greek ὄζον (ozon), neuter participle of ὄζω (ozō, “I smell"), in reference to its pungent odour.

    From Wiktionary

  • German Ozon from Greek ozon neuter present participle of ozein to smell

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

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