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- a chemical element (symbol Ca) with an atomic number of 20.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
n. [NL., from L. calx, calcis,
lime; cf F. calcium. See Calx.] (Chem.)
An elementary substance; a metal which combined with oxygen
forms lime. It is of a pale yellow color, tenacious, and
malleable. It is a member of the alkaline earth group of
elements. Atomic weight 40. Symbol Ca.
&fist; Calcium is widely and abundantly disseminated,
as in its compounds calcium carbonate or limestone,
calcium sulphate or gypsum, calcium fluoride or
fluor spar, calcium phosphate or apatite.
Calcium light, an intense light produced
by the incandescence of a stick or ball of lime in the flame of a
combination of oxygen and hydrogen gases, or of oxygen and coal
gas; -- called also Drummond light.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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