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wolf·ram

 (wo͝ol′frəm)
n.

[German Wolfram, wolframite, tungsten, from earlier, a mineral (possibly wolframite) with a sooty appearance that when present in tin ore made the extraction of tin more difficult : Wolf, wolf (because the mineral seemed to eat up tin as a wolf eats a sheep) (from Middle High German, from Old High German; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots) + -ram (from Middle High German rām, soot).]

wolfram

(ˈwʊlfrəm)
n
(Elements & Compounds) another name for tungsten
[C18: from German, originally perhaps from the proper name, Wolfram, used pejoratively of tungsten because it was thought inferior to tin]

tung•sten

(ˈtʌŋ stən)

n.
a rare, bright gray, lustrous metallic element having a high melting point, 3410°C: used in electric-lamp filaments. Symbol: W; at. wt.: 183.85; at. no.: 74; sp. gr.: 19.3.
Also called wolfram.
[1760–70; < Swedish, =tung heavy + sten stone]
tung•sten′ic (-ˈstɛn ɪk) adj.

wolf·ram

(wo͝ol′frəm)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wolfram - a heavy grey-white metallic elementwolfram - a heavy grey-white metallic element; the pure form is used mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several ores including wolframite and scheelite
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.
scheelite - a mineral used as an ore of tungsten
iron manganese tungsten, wolframite - a mineral consisting of iron and manganese tungstate in crystalline form; the principal ore of tungsten; found in quartz veins associated with granitic rocks
Translations

wolfram

[ˈwʊlfrəm] Nvolframio m, wolfram m

wolfram

nWolfram nt
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