- a toxic, green, gaseous chemical element (symbol Cl) with an atomic number of 17.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Chlo"rine (?), n. [Gr. &?; pale
green, greenish yellow. So named from its color. See
Yellow.] (Chem.) One of the elementary
substances, commonly isolated as a greenish yellow gas, two and
one half times as heavy as air, of an intensely disagreeable
suffocating odor, and exceedingly poisonous. It is abundant in
nature, the most important compound being common salt. It is
powerful oxidizing, bleaching, and disinfecting agent. Symbol Cl.
Atomic weight, 35.4.
Chlorine family, the elements fluorine,
chlorine, bromine, and iodine, called the halogens, and
classed together from their common peculiarities.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Chlorine, elementary, greenish-yellow gas obtained from common salt;
powerful as a disinfectant, and a bleaching agent.
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