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Topic: ELEMENTS

Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: nitrogène, from nitre ( NITIC ACID) + -gène 'producing'

nitrogen

noun
     
ni‧tro‧gen [uncountable]
HCEHE a gas that has no colour or smell, and that forms most of the Earth's air. It is a chemical element: symbol N
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