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n. [Gr. kalo`s beautiful +
me`las black. So called from its being white, though
made from a black mixture of mercury and corrosive sublimate. Cf.
F. calomélas.] (Chem.) Mild chloride of
mercury, Hg2Cl2, a heavy, white or
yellowish white substance, insoluble and tasteless, much used in
medicine as a mercurial and purgative; mercurous chloride. It
occurs native as the mineral horn quicksilver.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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