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n. Symbol Bi
A brittle, crystalline, highly diamagnetic metallic element with a very low thermal conductivity and a pinkish-white luster, used in alloys to form sharp castings for objects sensitive to high temperatures and in various low-melting alloys for fire-safety devices. Atomic number 83; atomic weight 208.98; melting point 271.3°C; boiling point 1,564°C; specific gravity 9.78; valence 3, 5. See Periodic Table.

[Obsolete German Bismuth; see kweit- in Indo-European roots.]

bis′muth·al adj.
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Adj.1.bismuthal - of or relating to bismuthbismuthal - of or relating to bismuth    
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