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- a chemical element (symbol Bi) with an atomic number of 83.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Bis"muth (&?;), n. [Ger. bismuth,
wismuth: cf. F. bismuth.] (Chem.) One of the
elements; a metal of a reddish white color, crystallizing in rhombohedrons.
It is somewhat harder than lead, and rather brittle; masses show broad
cleavage surfaces when broken across. It melts at 507° Fahr., being
easily fused in the flame of a candle. It is found in a native state, and
as a constituent of some minerals. Specific gravity 9.8. Atomic weight
207.5. Symbol Bi.
&fist; Chemically, bismuth (with arsenic and antimony is intermediate
between the metals and nonmetals; it is used in thermo-electric piles, and
as an alloy with lead and tin in the fusible alloy or metal. Bismuth is the
most diamagnetic substance known.
Bismuth glance, bismuth sulphide;
bismuthinite. -- Bismuth ocher, a native bismuth
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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