alkaline earth

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alkaline earth

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1. (Elements & Compounds) Also called: alkaline earth metal or alkaline earth element any of the divalent electropositive metals beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium, and radium, belonging to group 2A of the periodic table
2. (Elements & Compounds) an oxide of one of the alkaline earth metals

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any of the oxides of barium, radium, strontium, calcium, and, sometimes, magnesium.
[1810–20]
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Noun1.alkaline earth - any of the bivalent metals of group II of the periodic table (calcium or strontium or barium or magnesium or beryllium)alkaline earth - any of the bivalent metals of group II of the periodic table (calcium or strontium or barium or magnesium or beryllium)
metal, metallic element - any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.