Tantalum Definition

A hard, gray, ductile, corrosion-resistant, metallic chemical element found in various minerals and used in making nuclear reactors, chemical equipment, missiles, electronic components, etc.: symbol, Ta; at. no. 73
Webster's New World
  • atomic number 73
  • ta

Origin of Tantalum

  • A New Latin word derived by Swedish chemist Anders Gustaf Ekeberg in 1802, from Latin tantalus, named in honor of Tantalus. See -ium.

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin from Latin Tantalus Tantalus (from its high resistance to absorbing acids even when immersed in them) Tantalus

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

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